Wirral Council wants to press ahead with the implementation of car parking fees at additional locations within Wirral including South Parade, West Kirby and on North Parade, Hoylake and Meols Parade, Meols.
The map above shows that the whole length of North and Meols Parade, from King’s Gap to Bennets Lane will be liable for parking charges at all times. Double yellow lines will be introduced on those sections sections facing Hoylake that don’t already have double yellows apart from a section between Dovepoint Road and Bennets Lane. A 15min wait outside the toilets on Meols Parade
The proposed fees are £2/day and £20 for an overnight stay between the hours of 10pm to 8am. Unless a parking scheme is introduced, residents who park on the prom will be facing a charge of £140/week. Blue (disabled) badge holders would be exempt from the requirement to pay for parking as long as a valid badge is clearly displayed.
Wirral Council says “Charging would allow the Council to provide a fair and sustainable parking policy and continue to provide public car parks and access areas into the future in a fair and sustainable manner. Charges are already in place in many other Council-provided car parks in other communities”.
The Council also says “this traffic regulation order is to introduce waiting restrictions to maintain access along the promenade and improve visibility and manoeuvring space at junctions and slipway areas”.
Over the last few months Wirral Council has implemented parking fees at various public parks including Royden Park and Thurstaston. Do you think it’s fair that motorists should pay for parking at coastal areas such as Hoylake prom? Are these proposed parking charges unfair? How will they affect you as a visitor to Hoylake, as a resident and as a local business owner?
Feel free to have your say in the comments below.