Parking petition by angry traders

Martyn Thomas from Freckleton signing the petition with Annette Jackson (local solicitor) looking on.

Martyn Thomas from Freckleton signing the petition with Annette Jackson (local solicitor) looking on.

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ANGRY Lytham traders are fighting for an extension to the one-hour free street parking limit in the town centre which they complain is driving vital business away.

They have launched a new petition – calling for a two-hour limit – which will be sent to Fylde Borough and Lancashire County Councils.

Mandy Sisson, owner of Mandy Sisson fashion shop, Dicconson Terrace, said: “It’s stopping people coming into town, having your hair done, having lunch.”

She said one regular customer from Bolton received a parking ticket and took off, saying ‘I’m going to Preston now to do my shopping – and I’m never coming back to Lytham!’ On another occasion, a young mum returned to her car with her baby, just minutes after the permitted hour and “burst into tears” after discovering she had got a ticket.

Mandy said the situation had got worse, adding: “Most definitely.

At one time we had some nice traffic wardens who would give people a bit of leeway, but honestly there’s no mercy now.”

County Coun Tim Ashton said: “I’m happy to talk to them. We’ve spent £50,000 on new signage in Lytham St Annes which will point people to specific areas and also to car parks and I want to see how that works for at least a season.

“I would like to look with some of the traders at side streets where there are no restrictions where shoppers could park.

“All the advice I’ve been given professionally is town centre one hour parking is the norm – going to two hours would be quite drastic.”