Parking policy is hurting us, says pub boss

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A Spalding pub owner fears county parking wardens are driving people away from the town centre through fear of being fined.

Pete Williams, owner of The Punchbowl in New Road, said shoppers were afraid to come into town due to the risk of picking up a parking ticket, including on bank holidays.

Mr Williams also claimed that two vehicles parked outside his pub on Easter Monday were given tickets on a day when most Spalding town centre stores are traditionally shut.

He said: “There has to be something in the middle of what the county council is doing at the moment.

“It was bad before when people were abusing the fact there were no parking wardens in Spalding, but it’s gone from that to where traffic wardens are abusing us.

“There are a lot of people across Lincolnshire who are frightened to come into town because they might get a ticket.

“It’s not rational but I can understand that mentality.”

Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett said: “I was surprised we had parking enforcement officers on Easter Monday when most of the shops weren’t open.”