Town parking petition to be delivered to council

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 petition calling for to improvements to town centre parking in St Annes is to be presented to councillors next week.

With the number of signatures already well into four figures, there are just a few more days for further names to be added to the campaign on behalf of St Annes Chamber of Trade. Petition forms will be in town centre shops until the weekend.

The vast majority of traders have already signed in a bid to avert what the Chamber fears could be a crisis as potential shoppers are deterred by strict parking time limits.

Suggestions put forward 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.

And Chamber co-ordinator Arnold Sumner and businessman Andrew Smith, who gathered the petition, have been impressed by initial talks with representatives of Fylde Council, who look after off-road parking, and highways authority Lancashire County Council.

Arnold said: “I came out of the meeting feeling confident that something could be done to improve parking in St Annes. The petition has already played a very important part in our negotiations.”

Andrew added: “We don’t need a miracle to make St Annes prosper again – just the council’s willingness to listen carefully and a 100 per cent ‘can-do-will-do’ attitude.”