Would you pay to park in nelson town centre?

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A MAJOR shake-up of car parking in Nelson centre is on the cards. A report to Pendle councillors meeting on Monday outlines proposals aimed at decreasing costs and increasing income once the High Street is reopened next month.

The proposed changes are also aimed at encouraging businesses to the town by promoting additional long-stay car parking and business permits and offering a choice of options to visitors to the town.

The report, prepared by Engineering and Special Projects Manager Sandra Farnell, recommends the council’s Nelson Committee to:

• Consider converting the Palace car park from a short-stay disc-controlled car park to a business permit only car park for use by businesses using the ACE Centre.

• Consider the introduction of long-stay pay and display parking on the Goitside car park.

• Note that negotiations are continuing with the owners of Pendle Rise shopping centre in respect of the use of the former bus station for long-stay car parking.

• Consider the introduction of charges for dispensations for all-day parking on short-stay car parks.

The report says there are currently 298 short-stay and 438 off-street long-stay parking spaces available in the town centre.

It suggests a fee of £1 be charged if pay-and-display parking was introduced, with business permits costing £250 and dispensations £30.