3,000 backing parking call

St Annes Chamber of Trade co-ordinator Arnold Sumner and businessman Andrew Smith present their petition to ease parking restrictions in St Annes to Fylde Council
St Annes Chamber of Trade co-ordinator Arnold Sumner and businessman Andrew Smith present their petition to ease parking restrictions in St Annes to Fylde Council

More than 3,000 people are backing a bid to improve parking in St Annes.

Organisers of a petition aimed at extending time limits in on-street spaces and calling for a review of charges and time limits at key off-street car parks have been delighted at the response from residents and traders.

The petition has the backing of St Annes Chamber of Trade, whose co-ordinator Arnold Sumner presented it to Fylde Council along with businessman Andrew Smith.

Mr Sumner said: “We have been pleasantly astonished by the response. Getting more than 3,000 signatures in a small town like St Annes is remarkable and shows the strength of feeling that exists.

“We are very confident that our parking situation will be significantly improved.”

A total of 3,285 names are on the petition, which comes as the Chamber looks to prevent what it fears could be a crisis as potential shoppers are deterred by strict parking time limits.

Along with increasing on-street parking to two hours from the current one, other suggestions put forward include restricting some car parks to two hours and making them cheaper or free,

And there is still a chance for shoppers to add their names to the petition, which will also be sent to highways authority Lancashire County Council. Copies are still in a number of shops as councillors consider their response to the initial submission.

A Fylde Council spokesman said: “Council staff will assess what is being asked for and will present all the information to councillors in due course.

“The main issue is one of parking availability and keeping town centres lively. All town centres need a regular turnover of vehicles and shoppers – changing regulations unsympathetically can lead to abuse of car park spaces and damage town centres. Fylde Council is keen to keep its town centres busy.”