'Reject Burscough pay and display proposals' says Cllr Melling
Burscough Conservative Councillor Ruth Melling has called for pay and display proposals for the village to be scrapped.
Cllr Melling (Burscough East Ward) believes borough council officer proposals to start charging for parking at Smithy Walk, Mill Lane and School Lane will hit traders and shoppers and not generate large sums of money. She is now calling on Conservative colleagues to reject the proposals at Full Council on Wednesday night.
Cllr Melling said: "These are proposals drawn up by borough council officers in an effort to help plug the public funding gap caused by Labour's overspending.
"However, I do not believe the amounts raised at each proposed site in Burscough would be large, and would not outweigh the impact on local traders and shoppers.
"I have spoken to local residents and businesses and they are concerned about the possibility of pay and display. As their local Conservative councillor, I am fighting for them and will be calling on councillors to reject these officer proposals for pay and display in Burscough.
"Burscough has a thriving centre and the local shops and businesses are integral to that. I am concerned that introducing pay and display would jeopardise that, and also put pressure on nearby residential areas and health centre, as well as other parking spaces such as those at Tesco and the sports centre.
"I would urge Conservative colleagues to reject the officers' proposals on Wednesday night."