GOVERNMENT MINISTER Eric Pickles has suggested that motorists could be allowed to park free of charge on double yellow lines for up to 15 minutes in order to help boost local town centre shops and businesses.
Under the plan drivers could be given this quarter-of-an-hour grace period in order to pick up goods from a local shops. Parking and waiting on double yellow lines is currently prohibited for all vehicles except for those making commercial deliveries and pick-ups, blue badge holders and the emergency services.
The Federation of Small Businesses has responded positively to the suggestion, its Chairman John Allen said: “Poor parking provision has a significant impact on business. Proposing to allow motorists to park for free for 15 minutes on double-yellow lines is interesting and looks at ways to provide parking for businesses and consumers.
“We know that businesses have suffered because customers can’t stop outside to pop in for a loaf of bread or a pint of milk and choose instead to go to the supermarket, which has free parking. It would also have the added benefit of making it easier for businesses to use high street services, such as the bank or Post Office too. This proposal highlights the need for a clear discussion about parking provision across the country and how to limit the use of
parking fees and fines for financial gain.”
Parking and parking provision is a controversial issue in Hedon and the subject of much discussion at Hedon Town Council. It will be interesting to hear the response from local town councillors on this latest idea from Mr Pickles.