'Radical ideas' put forward by resident to solve parking problems in Crowland town centre
Two-hour parking limits and a new parking area are two of the "radical ideas" suggested to ease congestion in Crowland town centre.
Residents are being asked about a proposal to limit parking in North Street and West Street to a maximum of three hours, Monday to Saturday.
But a Crowland resident, who asked not to be named, has gone further by suggesting two-hour parking limits and asking business owners not to park in the town centre at all.
The resident said: "It's very encouraging to read of the concerns regarding the increasing parking problems in our town.
"I drove into town two weeks ago, at around 6.30pm, to shop at the Co-op in West Street and all the parking spaces were taken up on both sides of the street.
"I finally managed to park outside The Crown Inn but on entering the store, there was only one shopper in there, plus myself.
"Where were the people?"
Crowland Parish Council launched a survey on town centre parking at the start of November, proposing restricted parking in North Street (between Trinity Bridge and Hollywood Hair Studio) and West Street (from Trinity Bridge to The Crown Inn).
The resident said: "The suggestions mentioned are welcome but I personally believe three hours in both West Street and North Street would be more than enough for most shoppers.
"I'd favour two hours, with a restriction on return times to a particular spot as found in most restricted parking areas nationwide.
"Could business owners be encouraged to avoid taking parking spaces up as the lack of parking will eventually deter shoppers and visitors from coming to Crowland?
"Is it time we began looking for alternative parking areas in West Street and North Street where we have greens that are very nice, but what purpose do they serve nowadays?
"I know that any restrictions would need policing but the sight of a sign often does the trick.
"Also, as we contribute to parking enforcement officers in South Holland, perhaps they could spend a little more time here?
"It would be helpful if the county highways department was approached regarding the absence of white lines in front of the Co-op and other areas of the town.
"This might encourage drivers to park within a lane and not leave vehicles taking up more than one space.
"These are radical ideas, but we have a mounting problem with parking.
"According to reports, we can expect at least 400 new homes to be built in our community.
"With these proposed developments, financial support could be found to carry out any new ideas to solve the parking crisis."