Plea over parking hours

Orchard Road in St Annes, where traders want longer parking hours.

Orchard Road in St Annes, where traders want longer parking hours.

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St Annes traders have made a plea to Westminster as well as County Hall as they make a renewed bid for street parking in the town centre to have longer time limits.

Almost three years on from writing to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to see if he can help, St Annes Chamber of Trade officials have now contacted him again.

And the organisation is hoping that a change of regime to a Labour-Liberal coalition at Lancashire County Council might prompt a rethink over the one hour limits on key shopping streets which the traders claim are threatening business. The letter to Mr Pickles, originally sent in 2010 but to which the Chamber have not received a reply, has been sent again by Chamber co-ordinator Arnold Sumner.

It says: “The sad thing is that nothing has changed, the problems are passed around from meetings to meetings without any action.

“I know you share these concerns for it is crippling high streets throughout the UK.

“Please give us up to two hours waiting time now to save our small retailers.”

As the highway authority, Lancashire County Council is responsible for on-street parking rules.

One hour time limits, with no return within two hours, apply on key shopping streets such as Orchard Road and Park Road, while a two-hour limit applies a little further afield on the Promenade.

There are also certain areas around the town centre, such as St David’s Road South, where a 30-minute limit applies. The town’s Chamber of Trade said: “We are pleading for two hours across the board.”

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