Councillors challenge parking plans for Blandford, Bridport and Lyme Regis
PROPOSALS for pay and display parking in Blandford, Bridport and Lyme Regis have been sent back for reconsideration after they were challenged by representatives from the three towns at a meeting of the Environment Overview Committee of Dorset County Council.
Blandford town mayor Councillor Bob Brannigan told a meeting in the town that he had demonstrated a catalogue of factual errors in the report presented to the committee which included quoting the wrong figure for short-stay parking in the town's car parks, miss-naming two streets, omitting reference to the regular Friday farmers' market, and omitting reference to the presence of two dental surgeries in one of the named streets.
The report recommended the installation of a total of 30 on-street parking meters to cover over 250 spaces in the three towns and introduction of charging in their main streets in the current financial year.
Town councils had been asked for their views with the intention of going out to further public consultation, but Mr Brannigan also presented a petition launched by Blandford Town Council which within a week had been signed by hundreds of shop keepers and motorists.
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Mr Brannigan said the proposals had been referred back for further consideration, and would be brought back to the Cabinet in January next year.