One-hour free parking is too short to shop in town centre
I’ve always believed in free parking in Scunthorpe, Ashby and Brigg at North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) car parks to help local business.
However its effect has been severely limited in Scunthorpe and Ashby with businesses still struggling and there are “To Let” signs now where businesses have closed.
Petitions have been raised and even our Labour MP Nic Dakin has become involved.
One reason that Scunthorpe and Ashby businesses continue to struggle is one hour free parking in these areas isn’t long enough for people to visit the shops, markets and banks in these areas, unlike at Brigg where they have two hours free parking in their NLC car parks.
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It’s a view I have sympathy with.
For example in Scunthorpe there are only certain car parks that offer the free parking period and they tend to be the ones furthest away from the Scunthorpe Market/Parishes area.
For anyone having mobility difficulties, it could take 40 minutes just to walk from and to the car park to these areas, allowing only 20 minutes for shopping. It’s just not worthwhile and it’s understandable why people instead go to Skippingdale and Lakeside for their needs, mobility difficulties or not.
Our Conservative Party-led council say that the reason for not giving Scunthorpe and Ashby parity with Brigg is one of affordability.
However they can axe children’s homes at Brigg and Epworth, only to spend £1.5-million to build a new one. Their argument is just not logical.
As those NLC councillors in charge continue to sell off public assets and spend millions on their pet projects, the least they could do is start listening to those they purport to represent and end their ward favouritism as it appears to be in this case. - Gary Day, Orchard Close, Messingham