Published December 16, 2019 at 13:45
The Council has launched a parking policy review for Rawtenstall to develop a strategy which will ensure future arrangements meet the needs of businesses, shoppers and commuters.
A survey of how the car parks are presently being used is being undertaken as well as engagement with traders and shoppers to gather views for a report which will shape the strategy.
Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:
“Developing a strategy is always difficult as there are conflicting needs but, whatever the final outcome of the review is, our proposals will support the town centre’s economy.
“We have launched this review and survey because we need up to date and accurate information about how our car parks are being used.
“Everyone can see that Rawtenstall is on the up and our strategy needs to support that. We keep talking to people and listening to people before a final decision is made in March.
“It is also worth reiterating that we have given a cast iron commitment that, even though we face significant budget pressures, we will not charge for either short stay or long stay on our car parks.”
Surveys have been taking place in the following car parks:
• Rawtenstall Market
• Crankshaw Street
• Newchurch Road
• Phipps Buildings
• Ormerod Street
• Kay Street
• James Street
• Bank Street
• Haslingden Road
• Bury Road
Surveys will also be taking place on the following streets in the town centre:
• Bank Street (limited waiting areas)
• Kay Street (limited waiting areas)
• Lord Street (limited waiting areas)
• Annie Street (limited waiting areas)
• Bacup Road (small section of limited waiting)