Donington to launch time-limited parking with three-hour and one-hour waits
Donington Parish Council is sticking to its guns by launching time-limited parking in Market Place despite concerns aired by traders.
A UK car park management company is being brought in to enforce three-hour waits in the main body of the car park, opposite the Co-op, while spaces along a wall - from High Street to Donington Seng House - will be one hour.
CPM wardens will give a warning notice to anyone flouting the restrictions but a second offence will bring a £60 fine.
Business owners and shop workers attended Thursday’s parish council meeting, some airing concerns that three-hour waits aren’t long enough for customers having their hair coloured.
There were worries from some about where they themselves would park and also about the restrictions pushing more cars onto High Street.
The council has previously requested traders and shop workers to stop parking in Market Place but residents are still complaining that there’s nowhere to park when they go shopping.
At previous meetings, Coun Roger Marshall warned that shopkeepers were killing their own trade by taking up spaces that were there to bring in potential customers.
Parking bays are also taken up by members of the public leaving their cars behind to go on bus outings or using Market Place as a meeting point to car share.
Coun Mark Rollinson told traders: “We are not trying to penalise anyone here. We are trying to do it for your good.
“The people we want to get rid of are the bus trips and the people who car share and go to Grantham.”
One trader told the meeting that the three-hour limit should be switched to “something over four hours” to give anyone going to the hairdressers the time to have a colour and then visit other shops.
Parish council clerk Diane Fairweather said problems with long-stayers in the car park included one car that parked there “24/7 for four weeks”.
Following the public forum, the council stuck to its decision made in July.
Usually, once a council passes a resolution, the decision must stand for at least six months before it can be debated again and possibly changed.
Coun Rollinson told the parish council: “We want people to come and go. We don’t want people in the Market Place for four hours even if they are having their hair coloured.
“There’s hundreds of places to park in the village and we have got 27. I am sorry. I have got no sympathy for the people from the businesses who want to park in there all day.”
It’s likely to take at least four weeks before the parking scheme comes into force.
It’s not yet certain whether wardens will patrol the car park or if it will be policed via CCTV.
Restrictions will run from 8am-6pm. The scheme is self-funding from fines.