Hereward Probus Club concerned over the lack of car parking at Bourne Corn Exchange

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A CLUB for retired professionals and businessmen has complained about the lack of parking spaces outside Bourne Corn Exchange.

Hereward Probus Club is concerned about the problem at the venue, where it meets for lunch in spring and autumn.

Club secretary Peter Page said they have about 90 people in attendance at these get-togethers, making it difficult to park when there are only about 20 spaces outside the corn exchange, run by South Kesteven District Council.

Mr Page, 73, of Grosvenor Avenue, Bourne, said: “We have a lot of people in our club who have ambulatory difficulties, therefore they don’t want to park too far away as they can only walk short distances.

“It seems quite ridiculous that the corn exchange, which is the main venue in town for events, shows and other club meetings, is not able to provide car parking for patrons.”

Another organisation suffering from the ongoing problem is Bourne U3A, which meets at the corn exchange every third Monday of the month.

Chairman Chris Searl said: “A lot of our members are elderly and can’t walk long distances, which is why they need to be able to park close to the corn exchange.”

A district council spokesman said the car park at the rear of the corn exchange was a public one which is used by its customers, the Town Hall and also NatWest bank.

He said the council have tried to help and added: “We have marked out an additional 10 spaces in an attempt to alleviate the problem; however this car park is open to the public.”

The Burghley Centre car park nearby has about 100 spaces available free of charge, but with a two-hour restriction in place.

It is run by Euro Car Parks on behalf of the Burghley Centre landlords Hodgson Elkington in Lincoln.

The limit had previously been three hours, but this was reduced in autumn last year to help shoppers find a space to park.

Mr Page said the Probus club’s members could not park there as two hours was not enough. He added: “It would be great if the council could negotiate with the Hodgson Elkington to come up with a solution.”

A Hodgson Elkington spokesman said it was happy to meet all the organisations to try to find a solution.”

The council spokesman added: “We would be happy to discuss any proposals which may help to resolve this issue.”