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Barnoldswick market shoppers are 'targeted by wardens’
A PETITION has been launched calling for free parking on market days in Barnoldswick.
A new twice-weekly market has launched in the town on Thursdays and Saturdays, the first time Barnoldswick has had a regular market in 40 years.
But visitors have expressed concern that the area is being targeted by Lancashire County Council’s parking wardens on those days.
County hall bosses deny the claim and insist there hasn’t been an increase in traffic wardens in the town.
Now Coun Jenny Purcell has launched a petition among business and shoppers against the current parking enforcement regime in the West Craven town, with the aim of making parking free on those days.
She said: “We have all been working hard – the town council, the chamber of trade, councillors – to get this market off the ground.
“But people will not come back if they feel they’re being deliberately targeted.
“Parking should be made free on Thursdays and Saturdays to support the market.”
The councillor said she was concerned after hearing that elderly and disabled shoppers had been issued with parking tickets, and called for more discretion to be used.
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has also been approached about the issue and plans to write to the county council to question the policy.
Paul Riley, Lancashire County Council’s parking services manager, said: "There are no extra parking officers in Barnoldswick on Thursdays and Saturdays.
“Officers are patrolling the area as usual and they can only issue a penalty where a vehicle is parked illegally.”
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