A leading county councillor has backed the growing campaign for free parking to be restored to some of the region’s car parks.
Six local councils have banded together and written to East Lindsey District Council, demanding the authority reverses a decision to introduce charges at car parks that were previously free.
The list of sites includes The Wong in Horncastle, two car parks in Woodhall Spa and others in Coningsby and Tattershall.
There are claims the charges have forced vital business away from the area - and led to an increase in on-street parking.
Now, county councillor Denis Hoyes - who represents the Woodhall Spa - has called for the charges to be scrapped.
He said: “There have been a lot of complaints and from what I have seen in Woodhall Spa, the two district owned car parks are empty most of the day and people are parking on side streets - rather than paying.
“I don’t see how the district council will raise enough revenue to cover the cost of the machines they have installed in the car parks - and the costs of patrolling them,”
Coun Hoyes said he was also concerned about road safety -and the potential loss of trade.
He added: “Woodhall Spa is already a very busy place, especially at this time of year.
“You really do worry for the safety of pedestrians, particularly when they are trying to cross the road between parked vehicles.”
Business owners in Woodhall Spa have complained about long-term parking outside their shops.
However, Coun Hoyes stressed that as far as he was aware, the county council had no plans to add additional on street parking restrictions.
He added: “That last thing we want to see is more yellow lines running the length of The Broadway and Station Road.
“That would drive even more people away.”