TRADERS have given a mixed reaction to a new car park designed to boost business.
Shoppers in Cleveleys can access 94 free spaces at the site next to Jubilee Gardens and The Venue on the Promenade.
Jakki Slack, managing director of The Venue, says she expects more families to stop and go into the pub rather than drive past.
She said: “It certainly will help because since the new Promenade was built we have watched families drive into town, look at the Promenade and drive off because there’s nowhere to park.
“We have our own car park for some families but it’s upsetting when you see people who may go for a walk or go into the cafe across the road leaving because there’s no spaces.”
The car park is free to use until Wyre Council installs its pay and display signs on January 1.
Town centre trader Martin Hunns, who runs the Carousel cafe on Kings Road, said: “Originally it was set aside to be a coach park, which would’ve been perfect because we are desperately short of coach parking and the drivers are boycotting Cleveleys.
“It’s annoying and frustrating because it’s not going to be beneficial with it being at the top of town.
“The only time it’s going to benefit anyone is in the summer when people can walk along the Promenade.”
The council also hope to use the car park for events.
Coun Roger Berry, cabinet member with responsibility for car parking at Wyre Council, said: “This new facility is providing much needed extra parking in Cleveleys and will give residents and visitors direct access to the much praised Promenade.
“This, combined with the new bus station, will hopefully attract more people to the town to do their Christmas shopping.”