Wirral Council has announced proposals that could see motorists having to pay for parking on North Parade, Hoylake (pictured above).
The proposal was suggested at a Wirral Council cabinet meeting on Monday and I’ll publish links to the relevant documentation when it becomes available. The council has listed these coastal locations as potential sites for parking meters:
- North Parade, between Hoylake and Meols
- South Parade, West Kirby
- Derby Pool, Wallasey
- Kings Parade, Wallasey
- Gunsite, Wallasey
- Leasowe Lighthouse
How much of North Parade and Meols Parade might be included isn’t clear (it’s nearly 2 miles from King’s Gap to Meols slipway). I understand the charges could be £1/hr, £2/day or £20 overnight. The locations at Hoylake and West Kirby are of course used for residential parking, so perhaps a residents parking permit scheme will be introduced?
North Parade and Meols Parade attract a lower volume of parking motorists than South Parade at West Kirby. But the promenade is used for parking for various activities. Meols Parade is used for parking by parents as a park-and-walk location for pupils of Meols Primary School.
Hoylake Sailing Club, Hoylake RNLI and Hoylake Parade community centre do attract visitors at various times throughout the week. There is some free parking available at Hoylake Parade. A new cafe is set to open next year at the old lifeboat station and that doesn’t have it’s own car park.
Additionally, a charge of about 30p to use public toilets is being considered. There are two blocks of public toilets on Hoylake prom, one in the Parade Gardens and the other at the end of Meols Parade.
What do you think?
- Are parking charges a fair way of raising income for your local council?
- Do you think these proposals will be cost effective?
- Do you live by the prom and park on it – how would parking charges affect you?
- Do you think parking problems in side roads could become an issue?
Please have your say in the comments.