The Lancashire Evening Post, Thursday, 12th April 2001
Firms quash bid
to curb parking
By Alan Burrows
TRAFFIC chiefs have backed down on proposals to limit parking in Preston's professional quarter.

Plans to introduce permit holder parking in some roads in the Avenham district have been ditched following strong submissions from accountants, solicitors and other businesses.

(photograph) PERMIT REPRIEVE:The car-crowded Winckley Square

The car-crowded Winckley Square

Peter Corliss, Preston Council's assistant director of engineering, said they had listened to the 50-plus objections.

He said the professionals had argued that a reduced number of limited waiting spaces would have limited the ability of firms' clients to "drop in."

He said: "Because of the strength of feeling we are going to look again at the orders. "We recognise that the moves will have a knock-on effect and we intend to leave some of these spaces in place."

Transport chiefs now intend to introduce a reduced number of limited waiting spaces. Any new proposals will have to go through standard procedures and they will be re-advertised, with the authority again considering any objections.

Frank Harrington, of the chartered surveyors Frank Harrington Associates, had claimed small businesses may have been forced to relocate.

Ian Bolland, of Bolland Associates chartered accountants, claimed clients would have had to drive around the town looking for parking spaces then run the risk of getting a parking ticket.

In a separate plan, roads around Winckley Square, Mount Street and Starkie Street are already designated to become zones for on-street parking charges.

There remains a problem with excessive demand for a limited number of parking spaces.

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