Town traders renew plea over parking time limits

Orchard Road, St Annes.
Orchard Road, St Annes.
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St Annes traders are pleading to Westminster as well as County Hall as they make a renewed bid for street parking in the town centre to have longer time limits.

Almost three years on from writing to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to see if he can help, St Annes Chamber of Trade officials have contacted him again.

And the organisation is hoping that a change of regime to a Labour-Liberal coalition at Lancashire County Council might prompt a rethink over the one hour limits on key shopping streets which the traders claim are threatening business.

The letter to Mr Pickles, originally sent in 2010 but to which the Chamber have not received a reply, has been sent again by Chamber co-ordinator Arnold Sumner and says: “The sad thing is that nothing has changed, the problems are passed around from meetings to meetings without any action. I know you share these concerns for it is crippling High Streets throughout the UK. Please give us up to two hours waiting time now to save our small retailers.”