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Trade in Lincoln boosted since new parking enforcement rules, say business leaders

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

Traffic officers have been patrolling the streets of Lincolnshire since December 3

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City centre trade has been boosted by the introduction of new parking wardens, say business leaders.

Traffic officers have been patrolling the streets of Lincolnshire since December 3, slapping 4,222 tickets on windscreens in the first 29 days.

And Matt Corrigan, chief executive of Lincoln Business Improvement Group, believes the introduction of wardens has improved city centre business.

"It is early days but we are starting to see some businesses saying it is easier for customers to get to them," he said.

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"People can now 'pop to the shop' and can come in to get just one thing or even collect something because short-term spaces are becoming free."

Parking enforcement has freed up loading bays throughout the city, improving logistics for the 500 shops in the city centre, he added.

"It is much better for businesses and delivery drivers now that the loading bays are generally being left free," said Mr Corrigan.

"We have over 500 shops in the city centre so the logistics of deliveries and loading and unloading are made a little bit easier.

"That is what those spaces are there for, not parking.

"It may take a little while for customers to realise the short-stay spaces are more freely available but it is getting there."

Mark Hollingworth, chairman of the Bailgate Guild, believes the introduction of traffic wardens has improved the city as a shopping destination.

"Lincoln has had low levels of enforcement for the last few years and you used to find all the loading bays would be parked in and the new enforcement was coming," he said.

"Shoppers in the Bailgate are now able to pop in, park in the 30-minute bays, do their shopping and go home because people aren't parking in them all day now.

"Lots of the illegal parking is being stopped which is definitely a positive."

Meanwhile, James Hart, a black cab driver in Lincoln, said the enforcement has made his job a little easier.

"It has definitely helped. I work out of St Mary's Street mainly and I have noticed that there are a lot less people parking illegally on the road," said the 61-year-old.

"There used to be lots of blue badge holders parking down there but now that they have put the kerb markings in and made it illegal, people are being caught out and getting tickets and then not parking there again.

"Most taxi drivers welcome it and think it is a good thing."

Mike Nicholl, principal engineer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "It has been a bright and steady start.

"There has been a fairly positive response from the public. We have had a few issues to deal with but in general, it's been good."

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  • InsideStory  |  January 26 2013, 6:19PM

    Car park prices are no where near as expensive as the price of fuel you would use if you spent the same amount of time driving at 50mph or five minutes parking illegally .Smile and pay for parking it could be far cheaper .

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  • screenman  |  January 26 2013, 5:57PM

    gaz, maybe not, but I was in Oswestry last week and it was 40p per hour, percentage wise a big difference.

  • gazlincoln  |  January 26 2013, 12:11PM

    pound an hour in the m/s on broadgate(?) isnt expensive.

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  • Pete67  |  January 26 2013, 12:04PM

    Fuzzyzoeller - - - Can you remind me to act intoxicated the next time I'm up Lincoln (very rare), and see a large Mercedes please!

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  • screenman  |  January 26 2013, 7:23AM

    No chance I suppose that since they were introduced we have had the Xmas rush and the January sales. This could of course skew the numbers slightly. I do travel quite extensively and find Lincoln parking expensive compared with many other cities, it also has a lot less to offer than some.

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  • Chas24  |  January 26 2013, 6:42AM

    Parking outside the Ritz pub makes sense, saves you staggering into the road and being hit by drivers not concentrating on the road, but looking for parking spaces ?.

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  • Fuzzyzoeller  |  January 25 2013, 10:44PM

    I must say that the extra traffic wardens have been a god send to me, I travel to Lincoln a few times a year on business and usually have all kinds of problems parking. However on my last visit pretty much everywhere I wanted to leave my large Mercedes was empty of other illegal parkers. It really doesn't trouble me too much receiving a parking ticket or two, I'm a busy man and I just have to make sure that my new bbq marinades are in stores in time for the summer rush. Everything went very smoothly apart from one incident on Waterside South where I was cruising along and noticed an older gentleman with a two or three year old child. I say gentleman but he was clearly intoxicated and stumbled in front of my car with the small child. Thankfully due to the splendid brakes on my superior motor car I managed to stop in time before I ran them both over, however I am always one to take advantage of whatever situation I am in and offered the intoxicated gentleman a bottle of my own brand premium vodka. Lets just say I think I have a customer for life! The lessons learned from this: buy the best you can afford be choice of motorcar or your choice of premium vodka.

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  • gazlincoln  |  January 25 2013, 7:27PM

    certainly easier to get down portland street now. although i did see a warden the other day, hovering round a car, which had its back end over the double yellas. im not sure if he was waiting to see if the owner turned up, or was wrestling with his concience... i like to think the former. lol as for waterside, maybe barriers need putting up if its as bad as the commenter with his grandson says.

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  • InsideStory  |  January 25 2013, 6:36PM

    The Traffic officers are doing a damn fine job but they could visit Burton Road more often the arrogant drivers up their park on both sides of the road and use bus stop as car parks .

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  • Trigger77  |  January 25 2013, 4:00PM

    If the high street fails it will be because the businesses are not generating sufficient profit to stay viable, do you actually believe high parking charges and strict parking enforcement encourage trade? by VictorTooFriday, January 25 2013, 2:30PM "@Trigger77 So lets all go and break the law then. What a crock, if the High Steet fails it won't just be because they're making people park where they're meant to. Stop trying to defend your inconsiderate criminal friends."