Town centre parking plan is ‘odd and costly’

Church Street
Church Street

Plans to turn many of Market Harborough’s 40-minute parking spaces into 30-minute ones have been criticised as “odd, expensive and unnecessary”.

The criticism of the Leicestershire County Council parking proposals comes from town Chamber of Trade chairman Ian Joule.

“I just wonder where this has come from. It seems such an odd thing to do” he said. “It will cost a lot to replace all the signs and it will catch out shoppers who won’t have the time to do their jobs around town. It just seems completely unnecessary.”

The planned new regulations will apply to parts of Abbey Street, Adam and Eve Street, Bowden Lane, Church Square, Church Street, Coventry Road, High Street, Kings Head Place, Kings Road, Northampton Road and St Mary’s Road.

A Leicestershire County Council spokesman said: “Reducing the restrictions for some on-street parking areas from 40 to 30 minutes will help make waiting times more consistent across the county.

“It will also encourage vehicle turnover, which will benefit businesses.”

Comments from the public on the new parking proposals can be submitted to the county council until June 25.

More information on the plans can be found on http://www.leics.gov.uk/traffic_and_parking.htm.