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  1. Published on: 27/11/2020 10:19 PMReported by: rogerblaxall
    Our West Lancashire has called on the Borough Council to keep short stay parking free of charge in Ormskirk town centre past Christmas - and until a retail recovery is underway.

    Its call came as figures from the council’s footfall monitor showed visitors to Ormskirk town centre plunged by nearly 30,000 in October after the council re-introduced car park charges.

    OWL Chairman, Cllr Adrian Owens told QLocal this evening:
    "The plunge in visitor numbers when parking charges for short stays was re-introduced in October was precisely what we feared would happen.

    "We urged the council not to do it at the time, but they pressed ahead. They must not make the same mistake a second time.

    "December gives our local retailers a chance to make up some of the losses they have suffered this year and the council should run a strong campaign promoting the town; its great range of retailers – large and small; and a free parking offer for short stays.”


    “Let’s keep short-stay car parking free of charge after this lockdown ends, as it is in Skelmersdale and Burscough and so give Ormskirk retailers a fighting chance”, the long-serving councillor for the town concluded.
     

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