People in Market Deeping claim parking spaces are being abused in the town centre because of poor enforcement.
Figures from Lincolnshire County Council show that only 24 parking tickets were handed out to drivers flouting the two-hour limit in Market Deeping between December 2012 and March 2014, compared to more than 2,900 tickets in Spalding for the same period.
The figures were obtained under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from town councillor Ashley Baxter after complaints from shoppers and traders that motorists were taking up parking spaces in Market Deeping town centre for long periods.
Paul Linford, owner of Linfords Traditional Fish and Chips in Market Place, Market Deeping, said: “Our takeaway business depends on people being able to pop in and collect their food.
“But I suspect many people, especially the elderly and disabled, are prevented from using shops in the town centre not because of a lack of parking space but because of the actions of an inconsiderate few who remain parked in the same place all day long.”
The parking problem was discussed at a meeting of Market Deeping Town Council’s planning and highways committee last Wednesday when members agreed to write to Lincolnshire County Council expressing their disappointment over the lack of parking enforcement in the town centre.
Coun Baxter said: “I reported the findings of the FOI request to the meeting and councillors were appalled that we have received such a poor service in terms of parking enforcement compared to the rest of the county.
“With 24 out of 45,000 parking tickets issued across Lincolnshire being issued in Market Deeping, it looks like we’re missing out.”
Matt Jones, the county council’s parking services officer, said: “Our enforcement officers do patrol Market Deeping several times a month but I’ve instructed them to spend a bit more time in the area to make sure these concerns are addressed.”