Breaking news: ELDC votes for changes to car parking charges

Parking on residential streets is still a problem
Parking on residential streets is still a problem

Executive board members at East Lindsey District Council have agreed to implement changes to car parking arrangements at Council-run car parks, subject to a period of statutory consultation.

The council’s decision to revamp parking charges last year attracted strong criticism across the district, including Horncastle, Woodhall Spa and Coningsby.

At the time, ELDC promised a cross party Scrutiny Group would make a full review into the impact of the changes.

Today (Tuesday), the council’s Executive Board agreed to implement all of the Scrutiny Group’s recommendations including:

*two hours free car parking on all car parks currently providing one hour free;

*Sunday car parks with a maximum stay of one hour be increased to two hours;

*a new parking permit scheme be introduced to support people who work in East Lindsey;

*improved signage in car parks, incorporating changes with particular attention to the free periods and permits;

*introduction of a ‘pay by phone’ system for the start of the 2014 holiday season;

*improved parking provision for motor homes;

The executive also agreed to formulate what it termed a ‘Transportation Strategy’.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Councillor Steve Newton, said: “We thank the Scrutiny Group for their thorough and comprehensive review into the changes that we made a year ago to car parking across the district.

“While the Group recognised that parking charges in East Lindsey were not excessive, it did suggest that some adjustments to the current arrangements should be considered. “These recommendations have all been approved and will ensure we have an appropriate and balanced approach to parking across East Lindsey.”

A timeline for the implementation of new car park arrangements will be developed following the period of statutory consultation.

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*A full story on the changes will be included in this week’s Horncastle News