Wyre Council’s cabinet has rejected a proposal to replace residents’ parking permits with a new discounted parking scheme.
Councillors met last week to consider a controversial report by a special task group of councillors on how best to deal with the issue of parking charges in future years.
But council leader Peter Gibson said that after considering the report it was agreed that the proposed new system, of giving residents special parking stickers and offering them reduced charges when they parked, recommended for introduction in 2017, was not a suitable option for Wyre. Key to this decision was the concern that the new scheme would become unworkable because of existing free parking opportunities, for example for three hours on the car park adjoining Booths in Garstang.
Coun Gibson said: “We didn’t think the logic of it, especially in places like Garstang and Poulton was right. Why spend 50p on parking for two hours when getting three hours free?”
He added that local councillors, Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins and Coun Tom Balmain, who were on the task group, had voted against its proposals and it was good that it had provoked “thought and debate.”
Meanwhile attention is also focused on another impending council decision - what will happen to Garstang’s Community and Business Centre? A public meeting, called by the Town Council, is being held in the cafe at Booths on Cherestanc Square tomorrow night starting at 7.30pm to assess local views on the future of the building, which Wyre Council says is an underperforming asset.The Town Council has already agreed to nominate the building for consideration as a community asset. Town Clerk Edwina Parry confirmed that the nominations is likely to be sent to Wyre Council following Thursday’s meeting.