Opposition is growing against East Lindsey District Council’s controversial decision to overhaul its car parking policy.
The authority is coming under increasing pressure to perform a U-turn - this time from six local town and parish councils.
They have banded together to form a group to campaign against the changes.
The six councils include town councillors from Horncastle, Coningsby, Spilsby, Alford and Louth and parish councillors from Woodhall Spa.
There has been no official comment but the News understands the group has written to ELDC, calling for all free car parks prior to the changes earlier this year to be reinstated.
That list includes two car parks in Woodhall Spa, two in Coningsby and Tattershall and The Wong in Horncastle.
A source close to the new organisation said: “The changes are deeply unpopular. Yes, a review has been promised but action is needed now.”
The development comes after ELDC was forced to defend claims by the RAC that it generated £1.5m profit from car parking in 2011-12 - and flouted government policy in the process.
Councillor Steve Newton, whose portfolio includes parking, said the RAC’s figures were inaccurate.
ELDC has admitted up until the end of June, income from charges at The Wong was £738 - after the changes were introduced on May 1.
The decision to introduce and increase charges has led to strong criticism with one Horncastle businessman claiming he’d closed his town centre bookshop as a direct consequence.
Now, another town businessman, Richard Barker - who is also a town councillor - has launched a scathing attack on ELDC.
He revealed another shop, TallyHo, had closed.
Mr Barker said a decline in footfall, caused by parking charges - and ‘over zealous wardens - was causing increasing problems for most outlets in Horncastle.
He said: “It is a nightmare and a lot of businesses are suffering.
“What has happened so far could be the tip of the iceberg. ELDC need to think again.
“A recent market on a Saturday was a joke. There were five stalls.
“There was no-one about. All we needed was tumbleweed blowing down the main street.”