Preston pub goes pay and display to drive away rogue parkers

CHARGES: Black Bull customers must now pay and display to park outside the pub
CHARGES: Black Bull customers must now pay and display to park outside the pub
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A busy suburban pub has turned its car park into a pay and display after problems with commuters leaving their vehicles all day.

Owners of the Black Bull in Garstang Road, Fulwood have introduced charges of between £3 and £5 – just weeks after a similar pub scheme four miles away was abandoned following an avalanche of complaints from customers.

The Black Bull pub in Fulwood, Preston, which has introduced charges for its car park

The Black Bull pub in Fulwood, Preston, which has introduced charges for its car park

Ember Inns, who run the Black Bull, say drivers parking there, to either walk to work nearby or visit shops and banks, have been clogging up the car park.

A spokesman said: “The car park is privately owned by us and we obviously need to be able to provide free parking for our guests.

“We found that our car park was full, or looked full to passing guests as it was being used regularly by locals who weren’t visiting the pub. Therefore we have introduced a pay and display scheme.

“So far feedback from our guests has been positive as they have been able to park easily.”

The car park is privately owned by us and we obviously need to be able to provide free parking for our guests.

Customers are charged £3 for two hours parking or £5 for all day. They can can get a £3 refund off their drinks or food at the bar.

The Ember Inns spokesman added: “We talked to local traders before we introduced the charge and made them aware and also placed notices in the pub. We have an ATM in the pub if guests need cash to pay the parking fee and there is also a cashpoint at the bank (opposite).

“The charges are from 9am to 8pm. If guests want to leave a car overnight they can get a token from the bar.”

In August, owners of the Fleece Inn at Penwortham abandoned a pay and display scheme after it proved too unpopular with customers. There drivers were charged £1 which was refunded at the bar.