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Pinchbeck business give reaction to news that Lincolnshire County Council has shelved parking restrictions on Edison Court

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A business owner has welcomed news that proposed parking restrictions have been shelved - for now.

Heroes Gym owner Vernon Gay was pleased that plans to add no waiting restrictions onto Edison Court in Pinchbeck have been

deferred for six months by members of Lincolnshire County Council.

Edison Court in Pinchbeck
Edison Court in Pinchbeck

The Planning and Regulation Committee took the decision at Monday’s meeting amid fears it could push traffic onto Enterprise Way.

Mr Gay is now hoping to invite councillors down to the area to see the problem roads. He said: “This decision is fantastic news and it is the right decision for the road.

“They have listened and picked up on what we said. I am hopeful that will be the end of it.”

But not all businesses are pleased with the decision. Ben Westlake, branch manager of Kawstore, felt the restrictions would have improved the parking situation on the road.

He said: “We have for some time been plagued with certain businesses using the road as their own private car park, giving no thought to the access to their neighbours’ businesses, allowing their staff to park on the road and also some long term parking of customers vehicles, including in the turning bay, rather than using their own parking facilities.

“This results in the road being virtually blocked all day every day, with extremely difficult access to businesses particularly for delivery vehicles. Some of whom fail to make their deliveries and have to make alternative arrangements which has a knock on adverse effect.

“There are not many days when we do not get customer comments on how bad the access is to our premises, due to vehicles being parked partly over the dropped kerbs and on both sides of the road.”

The council was looking to introduce a no waiting at any time restriction with two sections of limited one hour waiting to apply Monday-Saturday, 8am-6pm only.

However, nearby businesses feared the rule change would deter visitors or displace traffic onto the nearby Enterprise Way.

Officers said the move will remove long-term parking and ensure access to businesses will be maintained at all time.

They said Enterprise Way was “of adequate width” to support parking without causing obstruction.

At Monday’s meeting Coun Angela Newton said: “We have done some surveys last year but I understand since then the premises that caused most of the issues has changed hands.

She alleged the former owner had been parking a number of vehicles, including untaxed ones, on the road for a long time but that the new owner was instead allowing other businesses to use its land for overflow parking.

“We certainly don’t want anybody parking on Enterprise Way… one vehicle parked on there would really cause major problems,” she added.

Other councillors agreed the situation could change, and agreed to watch the issue closely.

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