East Lindsey District Council’s executive are set to vote on changes to the regions parking policies in the new year following a policy review.
A Car Parking Scrutiny Panel met to report to the council earlier this year after controversial changes to the district’s parking measures were introduced in April.
The changes saw a number of previously free car parks become pay-and-display car parks amidst a number of complaints from residents.
In Horncastle, The Wong was turned into a pay-and-display car park despite having always been free.
Silver Street, Coningsby, Market Place, Tattershall, The Broadway and Royal Square, Woodhall Spa were also previously free but charges were introduced for these car parks.
The Wong in Horncastle has up to an hours free parking but motorists must get a ticket from the machine.
The proposals from the scrutiny panel suggest that free parking on sites such as The Wong should be extended to two hours and that car parks that are restricted to one hour maximum stay should be changed to provide double the amount of time.
Councillor Janet Harrison, Chairman of the Scrutiny Panel, admitted that the council had made a mistake in the promotion of its parking permits scheme as just 184 had been taken up in the district.
Permits can be purchased to park in Horncastle, Coningsby, Tattershall and Woodhall Spa for £120 which equates to “33 pence per day,” Coun Harrison said.
She added: “If you wish to park in all areas in ELDC you can do so for 55 pence per day.”
ELDC is offering permits for all areas at an annual cost of £200.
Coun Julie Pears, of the Coningsby/Tattershall ward, said that parking in her area - including the site at Silver Street in Coningsby - should be free.
Coun Harrison responded in saying that if residents of ELDC wanted free car parking they would have to increase council tax by approximately £46 per household.
Coun Jim Swanson of Halton Holegate said: “Why don’t we sell the car parks to NCP and see people go mad.”
Another councillor added: “People are always looking to save money on things, that’s why they will drive miles to a petrol station to save a few pence on petrol - it’s the same with car parking. They will drive round just to avoid paying for a space.”