Pendle ‘a pioneer’ for scrapping parking fees

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: WELCOME PRAISE Coun Paul White WELCOME PRAISE Coun Paul White

BUSINESS leaders have praised Pendle for scrapping town centre parking charges – and urged other boroughs to follow suit.

Bosses at the Forum of Private Business have held up the borough as a pioneer, for promoting a disc system for car parks in Nelson, Colne and West Craven.

The FPB is urging other councils to consider abolishing their own fees, as they set their budgets for 2013-14.

Supporters of the move say it will increase footfall in town centres – and may help to reduce the number of vacant properties.

Alex Jackman, the FPB’s policy head, said: “There are so many good reasons why all councils should be considering something along these lines.

“But first and foremost would be to help retailers through another tough trading year.

“High streets across the country are under threat and have been for many years now from the likes of out-of-town shopping centres where parking is universally free.

“Then there’s the internet and the rise of e-tailers taking an increasingly bigger slice of a shrinking consumer pie.

"It doesn’t take a genius to work out that councils charging people ever more for the privilege of coming in to their town centres to spend their hard earned cash is not the best plan to grow footfall.

“Set it against a backdrop of spiralling motoring costs and it is a recipe for disaster.”

The forum’s praise has been welcomed by Councillor Paul White, the authority’s business lead.

He said: “We pride ourselves on our support for private enterprise, and recognise that it’s a great thing for business, and encourages people to visit our local shops and services.

“We have 45 car parks in the borough and we celebrate free parking 365 days of the year. People who come to shop and enjoy our leisure facilities in Pendle often comment on it.”

The forum also praised Pendle’s record for paying private suppliers on time – it is in the top 10 of local authorities.

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2:01pm Thu 3 Jan 13

HairyBowls says...

Ha Ha what a turn around from a few years ago...Greedy Councils beware!
Ha Ha what a turn around from a few years ago...Greedy Councils beware! HairyBowls

3:31pm Thu 3 Jan 13

tonygreaves says...

Pendle Council has never charged for parking in Colne.

Tony Greaves
Pendle Council has never charged for parking in Colne. Tony Greaves tonygreaves

4:19pm Thu 3 Jan 13

coates warder says...

they tell you to use one of them disks.but the traffic wardens will book you if you are a 1mm over any line if in a car park or on street parking. there's more than 1 way to skin a cat
they tell you to use one of them disks.but the traffic wardens will book you if you are a 1mm over any line if in a car park or on street parking. there's more than 1 way to skin a cat coates warder

5:19pm Thu 3 Jan 13

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

still laughing at the story,,nobody visits the towns in this **** hole called Pendle.tourists just park down country lanes because there aint nothing worth buying in the towns HaHa increase footfall and fill empty premises,the councillors are high on drugs if the believe the **** they spew out..
still laughing at the story,,nobody visits the towns in this **** hole called Pendle.tourists just park down country lanes because there aint nothing worth buying in the towns HaHa increase footfall and fill empty premises,the councillors are high on drugs if the believe the **** they spew out.. ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123

9:49pm Thu 3 Jan 13

iasiah fartwell says...

coates warder you are so wrong, get your facts correct, stop stirring the pot
coates warder you are so wrong, get your facts correct, stop stirring the pot iasiah fartwell

9:51pm Thu 3 Jan 13

iasiah fartwell says...

also bit late with this story, pendle have not charged for parking for over 9 years
also bit late with this story, pendle have not charged for parking for over 9 years iasiah fartwell

4:59am Fri 4 Jan 13

coates warder says...

iasiah fartwell wrote:
coates warder you are so wrong, get your facts correct, stop stirring the pot
please explain why im so wrong and why am i stirring the pot.
[quote][p][bold]iasiah fartwell[/bold] wrote: coates warder you are so wrong, get your facts correct, stop stirring the pot[/p][/quote]please explain why im so wrong and why am i stirring the pot. coates warder

1:48pm Fri 4 Jan 13

ashincolne says...

irrelevant of how new or old this story is, it is a good reminder that when so few things come for free to be able to visit a town and not have to scrabble around in your pockets for money to park is brilliant!
irrelevant of how new or old this story is, it is a good reminder that when so few things come for free to be able to visit a town and not have to scrabble around in your pockets for money to park is brilliant! ashincolne

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