There are new signs for the times on one of Garstang’s main car parks – and they signal a welcome change to council charging policies.
Motorists can now park on ALL of the Windsor Road car park by Booths and the YMCA Leisure Centre free for three hours.
In recent years, the town centre car park, with spaces for around 300 cars, has been run as two separate parks by Booths and Wyre Council. The ending of the confusing two-tier system, which has operated since 2011, has been welcomed by motorists.
Coun Roger Berry, cabinet member with responsibility for car parks at Wyre Council, said: “The legal agreement with Booths over the lease of Windsor Road car park has been completed and the new arrangements – free short stay parking for shoppers – are operational and welcome.”
Booths had wanted an all free parking area next to its store since its new building opened.
The council had rejected Booths’ plans saying “the criteria was too restrictive”.
A spokesman said: “Booths leases the car park near its Garstang store from the council and is delighted to provide free parking to both shoppers and visitors to the town centre for up to three hours.”