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Would you pay for parking in Darwen?


8:15am 16th February 2017

"I wouldn't want to do that - I'd just go for free parking. I'd rather park and walk".

That's the general feeling of residents in Darwen about proposals to start paying for parking.

Councillors Phil Riley and Jim Smith - executive members for regeneration and environment - are the ones who put it forward.

But we've been getting your thoughts - and it was unanimous that the plans weren't supported;

"People in Darwen aren't going to pay to park their cars. If anything they'd get fined for refusing to pay".

"It's just not convenient at all".

"This is a small town with local shops - people would be put off and the shops would suffer".

"I have a partner who drives and I know he'd go mental if he had to pay to park.

"Everybody in Darwen's going to kick off about it".

"It will effect people, and paying for parking is something a lot of people do not like".

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The plans are for charges to be brought in on the car parks on Railway Road and Atlas Road - which are mainly used by commuters in the train station and surrounding businesses.

But it's had opposition - including from staff members at Minerva Crafts.

That means council bosses are set to consider the letter of objection.

That's going to happen at the council's planning and committee meeting today (16/02/17).

The council's said beginning to charge at these car parks would put them in line with others across the borough, and businesses have options of other free car parks instead.


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