Fines for parking under Preston’s market canopies are to be dished out from Monday.Advertisement
Preston City Council says the parking firm contracted to enforce the new rules will start fining motorists.
Up until now there have been warning letters given out to any drivers flouting the new restrictions.
Previously you could park for free in the evening under either the Covered Market or Fish Market.
The city council say after the Fish Market canopy’s revamp and the upcoming £4m revamp of the main Victorian Market they want to prepare the city for not being able to access the area by car.
Warning letters stated how traders had sometimes been unable to set up due to cars being left overnight on the Markets.
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Penalty charge notices of £70 are to be given out by UKPS North West Ltd who have been brought in by the council to stop any parking or waiting at any time.
Cabinet member for community and environment councillor Robert Boswell said in June: “The removal of parking under the market canopies ensures a safer and cleaner environment for market traders and their customers. It will also help prevent unnecessary damage to the newly restored columns and also to market stall trestle tables.
“Off street parking is available in the evenings and Sundays in the locality along with public car parks such as the Market Hall car park.”
The new parking rules come into force from Monday 15 August.
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