Thousands back petition for town centre parking

Arnold Sumner and Andrew Smith outside CoCo and Tom in St Annes which is closing down in part because of parking issues in the town
Arnold Sumner and Andrew Smith outside CoCo and Tom in St Annes which is closing down in part because of parking issues in the town
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A campaign by two Fylde business leaders to improve town centre parking in St Annes has been backed by residents – with more than 2,000 people signing a petition so far.

In an Express exclusive last week, it was revealed Arnold Sumner and Andrew Smith had received close to 200 signatures from business owners in the town up in arms about poor parking, which they fear could turn the area into a “ghost town”.

After such an outcry, a second petition was launched for the public, placed on shop counters throughout the town centre, with more than 2,000 signatures received in just a few days.

Andrew said: “The people we met were so eager to make their voices heard that
we immediately returned to the shops and cafés with this new, public version of the petition.”

Suggestions put forward by the pair to solve what they believe to be a crisis include the removal of double-yellow lines, restricting some car parks to two hours and making them cheaper or free, and increasing on-street parking to two hours.

John Moxham, chairman of the St Annes Chamber of Trade said: “We urge everyone to add their voices to this debate. We live in a democracy. Let’s be heard.”

The pair hope to deliver the petitions to St Annes Town Council, Fylde Council, Lancashire County Council, secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles MP and high street guru Mary Portas.