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Council bosses promise to clamp down on Friargate anti-social parking problems

Posted on - 22nd May, 2024 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Friargate, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Four cars illegally parked by barriers on Friargate
Parking enforcement will be stepped up on Friargate

County Council bosses have promised to step up enforcement action after parking issues on the revamped Friargate.

The northern stretch of road is open after long-running works which were designed to make it more attractive to residents and visitors, as well as being friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians. But while the intention was to limit cars from blocking the road, this weekend saw multiple vehicles left on the pavement and by bollards.

Photos taken this weekend and shared with Blog Preston showcased the problem which has occurred on multiple occasions. It also comes after the owner of graphics specialists Granthams, on the adjoining Hope Street, said customers were being driven away by vehicles blocking access to her store.

Read more: Corporation Street bus gate blasted by nearby family-run business

Responding to concerns on social media, Preston BID said Lancashire County Council is expected to put up new signs and bollards as well as issuing parking fines.

Peter Bell, regulation and enforcement manager at Lancashire County Council, told Blog Preston: “We are aware of some issues on the adjoining roads and we are taking action that should help to alleviate some of these issues.

“Thankfully, new legal measures are now in place to coincide with the Corporation Street bus gate going live, which will enable our enforcement team to issue fines.

“We are also stepping up our parking enforcement team’s presence in the area. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will continue to speak to businesses to understand any unforeseen impacts of the Transforming Friargate and Ringway scheme.”

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