A FRUSTRATED shopkeeper from Gainsborough’s town centre has voiced his anger at parking restrictions.
Craig Calvert says a number of businesses on Church Street have complained about the lack of suitable trade parking.
Mr Calvert owns Gainsborough Carpets, and is angry that after 24 years he has been told that he can’t park his van behind his shop in the Roseway car park for an entire day after a nearby shopkeeper was fined £30.
“We’re allowed to park for four hours and then you’ve got to move your vehicle,” said Mr Calvert.
“So after four hours I just pay to put a new ticket on, but now they’re saying you’re only allowed to be there for a maximum of four hours, but there have been no objections before I’m in and out all day with my van, and as long as I’m paying for it, why can’t I park around the back of my own shop?”
Mr Calvert continued: “I’ve been here for 24 years and it’s always been fine for me and a lot of market traders who park here all day on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
“I need to have my vehicle around the back of my shop because I have so much stock in my van and have to make so many deliveries.”
He added: “There are quite a lot of us that aren’t happy about it. We’re still paying to park here all day, so what’s the problem? At the end of the day, if it gets to the stage where they make me move my van, then I will go to court and try to fight it.”
However, a spokesman from West Lindsey District Council said that Roseway car park has a four hour maximum stay for the benefit of people wishing to park close to the town centre, but they are sympathetic to local businesses.
They said: “The purpose of restricting the stay to four hours means that there is a greater turnover of spaces, making more spaces available during the day for users of the car parks; which in turn also benefits local businesses. However, businesses whose premises are on the perimeter of the car park need to be able to use their vehicles to access their premises throughout the day to operate effectively.”
“WLDC recognise this and to this end we have historically applied a flexible approach to businesses in terms of not enforcing the 4 hour limit, providing they display a valid ticket. However, in order to ensure the car park continues to function as a limited stay car park, other users will be required to comply with the four hour maximum stay restrictions.”