Free parking future ‘pretty negative’

Market Rasen Town Sign EMN-140716-074124001

Market Rasen Town Sign EMN-140716-074124001

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The signs Market Rasen will keep its free parking are “pretty negative”, says town mayor John Matthews.

His comments follow members at a meeting last week calling for a competition to design replacement free parking signs, after Lincolnshire County Council said the existing ones did not meet standards and had to go.

“We have to get the nod from West Lindsey District Council that they will not introduce parking charges,” said Mayor Matthews.

“The signs at the moment are looking pretty negative.”

Town councillors will meet officials from West Lindsey District Council later this month to “express our concern,” he said.

Both town and district councillors say removing free parking will be the ‘death’ of the town.

West Lindsey council leader Jeff Summers has also defended Market Rasen’s free parking as essential to support its shops.

“I think it would kill Market Rasen,” said district and county councillor Burt Keimach.

“They (WLDC) will lose a lot more in lost business rates from failed businesses,” he said.

A WLDC spokeswoman said “I don’t think there will be any final decision (on parking charges) until next year.”