West Lancashire Borough Council is in chaos as its plans to introduce car parking charges in Skelmersdale are not legal, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper can reveal.
It appears that West Lancashire Borough Council had failed to obtain the required consent from Lancashire County Council, as the highways authority, to allow the introduction of car parking fees.
Car parking charges were to be introduced to car parks at Sandy Lane and Yeadon in Skelmersdale to which there has been considerable opposition from local residents and businesses to the introduction of fees.
Under section 39 of the Road Traffic Act 1984 the Borough Council needs approval to start charging motorists to park.
Now the Council has fallen foul of the law, which has thrown the scheme into chaos. MP Rosie understands that the council are now considering their options, including not implementing the scheme.
Responding to this news, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I’m not surprised the Borough Council has ended up in this mess. It is just the latest incident in an ever growing list of mistakes, errors and cock-ups. Why should West Lancashire residents and businesses have to carry the cost of this incompetence.
“At a time when many other councils are scrapping car parking charges to support local business, West Lancashire Borough Council is introducing more. Let’s not forget either that the Council moved some of its offices to Sandy Lane. By doing so it increased demand for car parking spaces.
“The hypocrisy of this situation is that businesses, healthcare workers and shoppers will have to pay the price. Yet council staff will be allowed to park for free. I believe that everyone should be able to use this facility for free.
“Perhaps in light of this current shambles the Council should completely reconsider these car parking charges.”
There are concerns that introducing car parking charges in Skelmersdale will push motorists to parking in residential areas, where they can park for free. Rosie Cooper MP wrote to the Borough Council. The reply stated there are no plans for a residential car parking scheme in the Sandy Lane area.