Time could be up for free parking in Woodhall Spa

Parking restrictions could be introduced in two of Woodhall Spa’s main roads - but only if residents and business owners want them.

A plan to impose a one or more likely two hour limit outside shops and other businesses on Station Road and The Broadway is under consideration.

It follows claims that people - including shop workers - are parking for free for the entire day - rather than paying to use ELDC owned car parks which incur a charge.

There are added concerns an increasing number of vehicles are parking in residential roads - causing problems for residents, pedestrians, cyclists, emergency vehicles and buses.

Clerk Amanda Bushell confirmed parish councillors are undertaking a consultation on the possibility of imposing time restrictions.

She said: “We want to know what people think about a time limit.

“The feedback we get will be included in a report which will go before the full council.

“We have also spoken to Lincolnshire County Council and they have assured us any restrictions will only go ahead - if residents and business owners think it is a good idea.”

Mrs Bushell went on to ease concerns over an ‘explosion’ of yellow lines in the village.

Residents contacted the News to say they were worried about the appearance of official planning notices, indicating double yellow lines would appear on several roads, including The Broadway.

Linda Mortimer said: “Woodhall Spa is an attractive village and the last thing anyone wants to see - not least tourists - is yellow lines all over the place.”

Alan Johnson added: “If anything is guaranteed to put people off visiting somewhere, it’s yellow lines. We should be encouraging more visitors.”

Mrs Bushell stressed the new lines were being introduced to combat parking at ‘problem’ junctions, including Stanhope Avenue, Victoria Avenue and Spa Road.