Market Place parking debate

A CONTROVERSIAL proposal to allow motorists to park in Gainsborough’s Market Place was discussed at this month’s general meeting of the Town Council.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 15th October 2011, 1:30 pm

Last month, The Standard reported that Coun Vaughn Hughes suggested motorists should be allowed to park their vehicles in the £3 million re-vamped Market Place on non-market days in a bid to improve trade and footfall.

“There has been a lot of support from the general public, particularly from local shop owners around the Market Place” said Coun Hughes at the meeting.

“However, there has also been negative feedback - in the Standard there were letters saying that people need a reason to come to Gainsborough and not a car park.”

Councillors then discussed the idea of improving shop fronts, installing speakers or introducing a continental or antiques market to attract more visitors.

It was said that a ‘greater sense of pride and ownership’ needs to be taken of the area, and discussions should continue.

The council then agreed to consult WLDC and Lincs County Council regarding the possibility of allowing free parking in the town centre on Saturday afternoons.