Green is no go!

Cars parked on Lytham Green Apr 30, 1011.
Cars parked on Lytham Green Apr 30, 1011.

FYLDE Council will take firm action against motorists parking in future on Lytham Green without authority.

The pledge comes after an eagle-eyed Express reader spotted up to 20 vehicles on the showpiece stretch of estuary-front land during a busy Bank Holiday weekend – and took the picture reproduced here. The photograph was taken at the Fairlawn Road end of the Green on Saturday by Mr Roger Franklin of Lytham, who said: “Lytham Green is held close to our hearts and residents of the Fylde will therefore be shocked to learn that the Green is now being used for free car parking! Is this the thin end of the wedge?”

A Fylde Council spokesman said that on certain occasions, such as the St George’s Day celebrations and other special events, permission is given for vehicles to be driven onto the Green – but that no such permission had been sought or granted at the weekend.

“We do not allow parking on the Green in order to protect one of the area’s gems for current residents and visitors and for future generations and we would ask motorists to respect that,” said the spokesman. We would certainly have no hesitation in taking firm action if there any repeat of this kind of incident.”

Marion Coupe, chairman of the Lytham St Annes Civic Society, said: “We must not let our lovely open spacious green be littered by cars, including the triangle at the Fairlawn end.”