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Consultation on Gainsborough car parking strategy

Consultation on Gainsborough car parking strategy

Date published: 10 October 2017
Car parking

West Lindsey District Council is seeking the views of residents about what free period of parking they would like to see in Gainsborough.

As previously revealed, the council has produced a car parking strategy for the town which will see the number of parking spaces increase by 43 per cent over the next two years.

As part of that strategy, the council is now consulting residents on what period of free parking they would prefer.

The three options are:

  • Allow the first hour of parking to be free and charged thereafter between the hours of 8am and 6pm

  • Charge for parking between 8am and 3pm.  Parking after 3pm with no charge.

  • Charge for car parking from 8am till 6pm

The consultation opened on Monday 9 October and runs for six weeks, closing on Sunday 19 November.

Cllr Sheila Bibb Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee at the council said: “The council understands that car parking has a key part to play in the long term regeneration of Gainsborough. Our car parking strategy hopefully addresses people’s concerns and highlights plans to increase the number of spaces available by 43 per cent over the next two years.

“This consultation forms an important part of the strategy and we want to hear from as many people as possible. We are keen to hear from people from right across the district – you don’t have to be a Gainsborough resident to have your say.”

As part of the strategy 25 new spaces have recently been created at the Bridge Street car park.

The car parking strategy also aims to deliver:

  • New long stay car parking at the former Lidl site from November 2017

  • 30 new spaces in the Roseway Car Park by September 2018

  • A further 140 car parking spaces across the town as the town centre develops from 2020

In addition, the council is looking to put parking permits back on sale again from April 2018, which previously were halted due to high level of demand for the service.

The new Lidl store will also provide a further 130 spaces free for 90 mins from November 2017.

As previously revealed there are a number of exciting projects underway to regenerate Gainsborough following the council’s pledge to invest £18m to boost regeneration and housing led economic growth in Gainsborough.

Since the launch of Invest Gainsborough in July 2016, momentum to restore the town’s character has gathered and achievements to date include:

  • A joint venture partnership between Dransfield Properties and West Lindsey District Council to refurbish town centre shops with new traditional shop fronts - creating an Independent Quarter in the town.

  • More than £4m funding secured to unlock housing and commercial development as part of the Gainsborough Growth Programme.

  • Launch of the Gainsborough Town Centre Heritage Masterplan – a project designed to restore and repair the town’s historic fabric.

  • £2 million - ESIF/EU money to carry out improvement on the Riverside Gateway Site and to progress the transformational marina project.

  • £400,000 of grant funding through the Gainsborough Growth Fund awarded to local businesses to help SME’s thrive and will result in the creation of up to 65 jobs in the next 2 years.

To take part in the car parking consultation, please visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/gainscarparking before 19 November.

Find out more about the regeneration plans at www.investgainsborough.com or join the conversation @InvestGainsboro

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