Council investigates market place parking

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LIMITING the length of time drivers can park their cars in Caistor’s Market Place was top of the agenda for the town council last week.

The Market Rasen Mail reported how Market Rasen Town Council was considering bringing in parking restrictions on its market place and now the Caistor authority is looking to follow suit.

Coun Alan Caine put forward a plan a introduce a two-hour parking limit in Caistor Market Place between the hours of 8am-2pm in order to free spaces and encourage drivers to visit the town and shop.

It was suggested the scheme could use timed parking discs, which would be available from all shops, to monitor when vehicles arrived and could be enforced by PCSOs and West Lindsey traffic wardens.

Coun Caine said: “People are driving through because there is no parking.

“We cannot just implement it, we have to go through how we are going to implement it.

“If you are living on a street, like I do, you are not entitled to a parking space, but there are other places around town to park and this limit would only be between 8am and 6pm, when most people are out at work.”

The council agreed to form a working group and carry out a study of parking in the town’s market place to see if a two-hour limit during the day is feasible.

Coun Rick Sandham also put forward a plan to expand the Caistor Sports and Social Club car park on Kelsey Road and have it properly re-surfaced.

He said this would not also aid the sports club, but could be used by Caistor Grammar School sixth formers, which would also help alleviate parking problems in the market place.

The council is now looking to further the plans with the school and Lincolnshire County Council Highways.

Mayor John Burn Salmond also reported that a noise abatement order had been made against a property in Kelsway, where residents are ‘at their wits end’ because of new neighbours playing loud music until 5am.

West Lindsey District Council are now taking action to resolve the problem.

Councillors also heard that the town had two new police officers, Pc Royston Walkly and PCSO Scott Taylor, who will aid PCSO Harrison and Pc Bell.

Members were also told that the number of incidents reported during the last month had risen to 57, 20 more than the month before.

But Pc Bell said this was partly down to the force’s message to report every incident, no matter how small, registering with households.

Coun Cain also reminded everyone present that the council still offered a £100 reward to anyone providing information leading to a conviction of anyone vandalising or destroying council property.

It follows a number of incidents in which South Street park has been damaged, culminating last week with an arson attack on a bin in the playing field.