CROWLAND PARISH COUNCIL: Areas of publicly-owned land under consideration for new parking spaces in town
A search is under way for publicly-owned land in Crowland that could be turned into extra parking spaces.
Two sites in the town, Trinity Court and West Street, have been identified as areas where land could be redeveloped to solve a growing problem with parking in Crowland town centre.
The two sites, along with the possibility of two-hour parking limits in North Street and West Street, were discussed during Monday's parish council meeting.
Coun David Kempton, planning committee chairman, said: "We're confident there's a parking issue in the centre of town and there are numerous issues with people being unable to park here.
"A lot of people arrive at the start of the day and park in the town centre all day.
"We've discussed the option of putting a time limit on parking and the committee thinks it's a good idea.
"But there's still the problem of a lack of parking spaces in the centre of town.
"So the walkaround focused on areas of land that are in public ownership which we think could be better utilised."
The parish council launched a survey in November on parking in Crowland town centre, with one of the options being three-hour limits in North Street and West Street.
Matters came to a head in September when a Spalding-Peterborough bus was unable to pick up and drop off passengers in West Street because a parked car had blocked its entry to theroad.
Coun Kempton said: "We're a growing town, we've got a parking problem already and we're putting up 350 more houses away from the town centre.
"Realistically, those people are going to drive into town and if they can't park anywhere then they won't come.
"By having two-hour parking limits, with residents' permits, we can drive all of the long-stay vehicles that park here in the new car parks.
"But before pressing ahead with a two-hour parking scheme in North Street and West Street, we need to look at the possibility of parking elsewhere in the town."
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