Aug 15 2013 by Rebecca Koncienzcy, Ormskirk Advertiser
NEW car parking charges have sparked outrage as blue badge holders prepare to pay in Ormskirk.
The Two Saints car park by Aldi, Argos, McDonalds and Poundland will remain free for the first hour then motorists will be charged £2 for two hours - up by 90p - and then a new charge of £3.50 for up to three hours will be introduced in new charges that came in to force on Tuesday, August 13.
The changes have been slammed by the West Lancashire’s Labour group as the charges now also apply to blue badge holders, who have previously enjoyed free parking.
Councillor Liz Savage, Labour’s spokesperson for finance, said: “Blue badge holders who have parked in the car park for free for over a decade need to be aware that they can no longer park on the Aldi side of the car park using their blue badge.
“The Tesco side of the car park is being retained by the council and I would urge all residents to read car parking signage very carefully across all car parks in Ormskirk.”
Cllr Savage also added: “It’s important that residents are aware that this is no longer a council car park and charges are going to be levied 24 hours a day.
“Residents need to be informed that the car park charges will affect them for 24 hours a day. Parking inadvertently on the wrong side of the car park could lead to a fine of £100.
“I’m surprised that members of the Labour group were not informed in advance of the change regarding this and I’m yet to be told how this will affect the budget of the council.
Cllr Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for planning, said: “The changes are being introduced by the owner of the Two Saints car park, not by the council, and we want to try to ensure car park users are aware of the new regulations.”
Charges at the Two Saints car park will be carried out by ParkingEye Ltd on behalf of the site owner and enforcement at the council car park behind Tesco’s will continue to be carried out by Chipside Ltd.