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County council to review parking in Grantham town centre

Residents have complained about parking

Lincolnshire County Council will carry out a review of parking in Grantham town centre in response to complaints from residents.

The authority will look at whether parking is suitable for residents, visitors and businesses in the town.

It will also include commuter parking areas, such as the town’s train station.

County councillors said the review will help to support the “vibrancy” of the town centre.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways at the authority, said council wants to try to “simplify” parking in the town.

“We’re going to look at all the on-street parking in Grantham and also access to car parks,” he said.

Councillor Richard Davies, cabinet member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council. Picture: Calvin Robinson.

“It will be everything from signage, location, the waiting times and we will try to simplify the way that parking works and standardise it and try to help the town centre to grow and develop.”

A total of £100,000 has been earmarked by the authority to carry out the review which is expected to start in the summer.

A final report will be presented to the council at a later date.

Councillor Adam Stokes, who represents the town, said he welcomed the decision to look at parking in the town, particularly around the train station.

“That is the area which I get the most complaints about parking,” he said.

“I look forward to the scheme being implemented in that area.”

Grantham Railway Station. Photo: Google Street View

The review would look at parking patterns in the town, kerb use and off street parking, including driveways and car parks.

It will also look at current restrictions and traffic flow through Grantham.

Meanwhile, the council has also adopted a policy to simplify residents’ parking schemes.

As part of the measure, people will be able to apply directly to the county council to propose a parking scheme in their area instead of their district authority.

Councillor Davies said the policy had been too “haphazard” and would now be “streamlined” to make it simpler.

“They [parking schemes] are a key component for making areas work better,” he said.

“Especially residential areas that are next to town centres, schools or railway stations.”

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