Free car park helps West End turn a corner

Deputy leader of Lancaster City Council, Coun Janice Hanson cuts the cake held by Clive Fishwick chairman of West End Community and Traders Group officially opening the new free parking on Parliament Street.
Deputy leader of Lancaster City Council, Coun Janice Hanson cuts the cake held by Clive Fishwick chairman of West End Community and Traders Group officially opening the new free parking on Parliament Street.
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A new shoppers’ car park has been hailed as a turning point for the West End.

Shopkeepers and councillors joined forces to fight for the 19-space free car park on Parliament Street.

And after its opening last Saturday, a leading trader said: “This is all a result of local councillors listening to the public and traders.”

Clive Fishwick, chair of the West End Community and Traders Group, said the three-hour stay car park will increase the number of parking spaces in the area and attract more people into the West End.

“Last week was very busy in the West End thanks to the opening of the car park, and also the reopening of the Imperial pub and the refurbished Regent Cafe. There are also two new shops taken on Yorkshire Street.

“This is just what we need, positive people prepared to give it a go.

“The West End will always be the best end.”

Ian Nixon, who has just opened a new shoes, dresses and ladies’ accessories shop on Regent Road called Body ‘n’ Sole, said: “There isn’t a lot of car parking around here if you want to shop without walking a lot of distance so I think this can only improve things.”