Cash cow slur over plans for car park

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PLANS to build a sea-front car park have been met with a mixed reaction from locals.

An application to create a 97 space car park at North Promenade Cleveleys was submitted this month.

There are currently four car parks in Cleveleys, on Rough Lea Road, North Promenade, Derby Road East and Derby Road West.

And Wyre Council believe an extra car park adjacent to the recently refurbished Jubilee Gardens will increase visitor numbers.

But disgruntled residents say they would have liked to see a multi purpose area for locals to use.

Gordon Thompson, of Carr Gate, said; “I object strongly to this as in such a small area we have enough of these ‘cash cows’ and low maintenance areas.

“The original plans before the gardens were redeveloped had no area marked for a car park.

“Another car park will blight the park as it should be for leisure purposes – a good idea would be to develop a multi purpose area for the local residents.”

Local councillor John Hodgkinson said the car park will free up the town centre and encourage visitors to the area.

He said: “We do seem to have plenty of car parking but it is never enough, people park in the town and walk to the front.

“We had to use the space for something and I hope a car park will encourage people to come and enjoy the area, which has had millions of pounds spent on it.

“There are plenty of leisure spaces in Cleveleys already and I am asking for picnic tables to provide a family area.”

The proposed car park would offer long stay parking for 88 cars and nine disabled spaces.

Jane Littlewood, chairman of the Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group added: “As parking is a serious problem all over Cleveleys we very much welcome the addition of as many extra spaces as can possibly be found.”

The plans will be discussed at a meeting of Wyre Council’s planning committee next month.