Warrington Borough Council has now announced that the one hour free will be re-instated in all Lymm borough-run car parks which includes Pepper Street, Davies Way and Henry Street. Parking after the free period will be £1 for one hour and £2 for over 2 hours. All day parking in Davies Way and Henry Street will be £3. Charging will now be extended up to 10pm Monday to Saturday. There will be a flat charge of £1 for evening parking after 5pm until 9am the following morning. Parking will still remain free on Sunday and Bank Holidays. The revised parking charges will be introduced mid- May.
As well as this, the council has agreed to provide parking permits for residents who live near Pepper Street car park but have no off-street parking. There will also be a long awaited traffic management review in Lymm.
Liberal Democrat Parish Councillor Anna Fradgley who campaigned vigorously against the changes said “It was a long and arduous challenge, but with the support from residents and businesses in Lymm and with the advice and guidance from solicitors, we have managed to re-instate the one hour free.
“I would like to thank Warrington Borough Council for handling the case so sensitively and allowing common sense to prevail” she added.
Lymm residents have welcomed the decision, with one commenting “It’s good news for the daytime shoppers, and although they are charging all day now, there’s a flat charge after 5pm to avoid hitting the evening restaurants too badly, even though we would have preferred no charge at all.”
Now Lymm will begin the process of recovery. The village centre has suffered as a result of the loss of free parking and businesses have really struggled. Parish Councillors are urging residents to come back to Lymm village and support local traders. Parking is still free after 3pm every day until the revised charges come in.
The next challenge is the rise in business rates. Liberal Democrat Parish Councillor Graham Gowland said “We are working hard to help traders who are facing a huge increase in business rates. A meeting is being set up between Warrington Council and business owners to see what can be done to lessen the burden.”
Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor Ian Marks commented “We are not out of the woods yet. We still need to ensure Lymm library remains open and that a Post Office returns to the village centre. But the re-introduction of the one hour free is a tremendous start to Lymm’s recovery.”