Free parking in Market Rasen may be restricted to a couple of hours in a bid to stop the town being used as a ‘park’n’ride’.
Market Rasen Town Council is to look at what restrictions could be introduced, as it believes cars are being left all day, taking valuable spaces that could be used by shoppers.
Town Mayor John Matthews says the town council may need to talk to West Lindsey District Council about parking restrictions.
He denies this is a ‘u-turn’ on his and the council’s previous opposition to Market Rasen potentially losing its free parking, seeing such restrictions as something that will actually help traders.
“We need to look at the issue of parking again. It’s not a u-turn over free parking. I have had high street traders airing concerns the car parks are full. We are a park’n’ride town. If people can’t park, they can’t shop,” he told last Wednesday’s town council meeting.
The comments came as members discussed existing plans to allow a private parking company to patrol the Market Place to prevent cars from being parked overnight on Mondays and Fridays and potentially disrupting the erection of stalls for the following day’s markets.
Members heard the company, CPS Parking, has offered to patrol the council-controlled site and issue penalty tickets for free if the town council erects warning signs.
CPS Parking already patrols the nearby Co-op car park and is said to be looking at upgrading its patrols outside the store.
Mayor Matthews warned if West Lindsey District Council also polices its car parks in the town, “Tesco will become a parking dump.”
He plans to meet with Tesco’s Market Rasen manager to see if the store plans to police its car park.