Mayor to meet CEO on free parking

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Market Rasen Mayor John Matthews is to meet the chief executive of West Lindsey District Council and keeping free parking in the town is “top of the agenda.”

The announcement came as town councillors were quizzed by local campaigner Guy Grainger, who wondered if the council was committed enough in its fight to safeguard free parking in Market Rasen. This followed media reports that Mayor Matthews felt the chances were “pretty negative” that the town would keep it.

Guy Grainger said it would only cost West Lindsey District council less than £30 a day to keep free parking and the council had just announced a £716,000 budget surplus for this year.

Town and district councillor Ken Bridger told last week’s council meeting that he “shall be fighting for free parking.”

“We are having a rum deal. Gainsborough is getting the lion’s share of everything,” he said.

“My colleagues oppose these charges unanimously. We will do everything we can,” continued Mayor Matthews.

There had been meetings with WLDC on the issue, with one now called with West Lindsey boss Manjeet Gill, where free parking is “on top of the agenda,” he added.

The move comes as WLDC’s policy and resources committee narrowly voted last Thursday to oppose free parking for the Gainsborough Christmas Market.

Coun Bridger said he expects free parking in Market Rasen won’t be discussed at WLDC until the New Year.