Decision on whether to U-turn on free parking faces delay

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East Lindsey District Council has confirmed it is considering a U-turn in charges at some of the car parks it owns - but the decisions is now facing a delay.

The Horncastle News revealed last month that ELDC’s new leader Craig Leyland had helped set up a scrutiny panel to look at the entire issue of car park charges.

One particular idea included the possibility of scrapping charges that were introduced two years ago at previously ‘free’ car parks.

The list includes car parks such as The Wong in Horncastle, Royal Square and The Broadway in Woodhall Spa, Silver Street in Coningsby, the Market Place in Tattershall, and the Market Place in Burgh le Marsh.

The scrutiny panel was set to present its findings to the council yesterday (October 7) recommending some charges could be scrapped, but an ELDC spokesperson said: “The car parking report was withdrawn from the meeting to allow further work to be undertaken.”

The report will now go to the December meeting of Council.

A spokeswoman for ELDC said: “The principal change in policy that is recommended by the panel is that car parks that previously provided all day free parking be returned to all day free parking.

“It is important to note that council will not make a decision on this.. It will be asked to note the panel’s report.

“Any change in parking policy is a matter for the Executive Board to consider at a future meeting.”

It’s thought as many as 14 car parks across the ELDC area could be affected by proposed changes.

There was widespread opposition when the charges were introduced by a previous regime at ELDC.

At the time, residents and businesses complained the policy would drive trade away from market towns and villages.

Horncastle Town Council has welcomed the changes but questioned whether ELDC will even cover the initial cost of installing machines.