Beleagured business owners are determined to put an end to a long running parking saga that is plaguing a quiet town.
For many years Epworth has allowed visitors to park for two hours free of charge. But businesses are urging North Lincolnshire Council to extend this time limit, install designated loading bays and to curb over zealous traffic wardens, as part of a consultation by Axholme Central ward councillors Liz Redfern and David Robinson.
Owner of the Epworth Tap bistro in Market Place, Steve Ward, welcomed the survey, but raised a note of caution when he said: “This survey is welcome, but councillors need to listen to and act on what we say. I feel we need to encourage trade into town. We obviously need to retain free parking, as this is essential. It’s really important to tackle over zealous parking wardens as they are driving people away.”
His comments were echoed by Mike Harm, owner of NE1 Clothing in High Street, who said: “The only way to encourage more people into town is to find in excess of 50 parking spaces. I’m sure there is land to do this; it just needs the good will of local people and councillors to achieve this. We also need loading bays outside businesses.”
See the Epworth Bells (April 24 edition for further reaction).