Fylde MP Mark Menzies blasts Lytham parking charge proposals

Fylde MP Mark Menzies says Lytham's traders should not have to pay the price as Lancashire County Council looks to increase its parking revenues.

Mr Menzies said he was 'vehemently opposed' to the notion of on-street parking charges in the town centre, the prospect of which has been raised in the county authority's budget plans.

Lancashire County Council is looking to triple the number of on-street parking bays across the county, and has earmarked Lytham as a potential site.

Mr Menzies said: "I am vehemently opposed to any plans to introduce on-street parking charges to Lytham ā€“ something the county council is considering.

"We should be doing everything we can to bring people into our town centres, not to put them off.

"Iā€™m aware this is only a proposal, and that any further plans would need to go out for consultation with the public and businesses. But I have already written to shopkeepers to say I will not be supporting any moves which could see a reduction in trade in the town centre. "

The county council may want to raise some revenue ā€“ it is not going to do it at the expense of our small businesses. That would be counter-productive."

Mr Menzies has already been in talks with the county council about the parking situation to the north of the town centre, where residents struggle to park outside their homes due to shop and office workers taking on-street spaces all day.

He added: "Introducing paid-for parking on the streets of Lytham will only exacerbate this situation.

"I still want to see the introduction of a residents parking, or hybrid residents parking scheme to ensure my constituents are able to park outside their homes, as is their right."