Stamford Town Council looks to improve parking

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COUNCILLORS have come up with a list of ways to improve parking.

Stamford Town Council is discussing ideas which it hopes will help residents, workers and tourists park in the town centre.

Last week Lincolnshire County Council submitted an application to the Government to take over powers to enforce parking fines from the police.

But some Stamford residents are concerned they will be punished for parking outside their homes in areas where a two-hour limit is in place. They have called on South Kesteven District Council to introduce a permit scheme.

Stamford town councillor Max Sawyer outlined six recommendations made by the council’s strategic development committee.

They include more free on-street parking, permits for town centre residents to park on the road and permits for town centre workers to park in the Cattle Market car park during working hours. Both permits would be sold at cost.

Coun Sawyer said: “We are trying to come up with a solution that is as fair as it can be to everyone involved.

“I understand residents’ frustration but the feeling is that to have designated spaces in a town chronically short of space would increase congestion.

“Stamford needs some way of freeing up town centre parking that currently is occupied all day by town centre workers.

“The slots are out of use for visitors or shoppers for the whole day. If they could park free of charge in the Cattle Market it would free up those slots.”

The committee also suggested creating more disabled parking in Red Lion Square and making pay and display car parks free.

But not everyone supports the idea of parking permits. In a letter to the Mercury, president of Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Tim Lee, said: “It should be noted that when they bought or rented their properties, they did so in the knowledge that there was no unrestricted parking available in their street.

“Our local businesses are dependent on a flow of customers and we are concerned that any such future residents’ scheme should not be introduced in a way that restricts the availability of current free one and two hour parking spaces.”

Mr Lee said a decision on permits should not be made until the new parking powers had been in place for 18 months.