Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

21/03/13 - MP calls on council to find a solution to M&S car par

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on West Lancashire Borough Council to find a solution over the Marks & Spencer car park in Ormskirk.


At present, responsibility for the car park is split between West Lancashire Borough Council and Marks & Spencer, who have just 16 spaces and 1 disabled bay to manage.


MP Rosie has received complaints from residents who’ve received parking tickets for using the wrong ticket machine. Residents feel the demarcation between the two car parks is not clear enough.


Following the complaints Rosie contacted Marks & Spencer over the situation.


In their response they acknowledge the existing car parking arrangements cause “confusion”.


Through the local store manager they have agreed to speak to the Council to discuss a potential agreement over the car park situation.


MP Rosie said:


“I welcome Marks & Spencer’s willingness to resolve this unnecessary confusing situation.


“What we need now is West Lancashire Borough Council to get round the table and reach an agreement that will benefit local shoppers parking in the town.


“We are trying to encourage people into the town centre to shop. Issuing penalty charges for purchasing a ticket from the wrong machine is a surefire way of driving them away from Ormskirk.


“We are only talking about 17 car parking spaces. This is why I’m calling on the Borough Council to work with Marks & Spencer to reach an agreement. Ridiculous administrative car parking arrangements can’t be allowed to be a barrier to local shoppers.”

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