Parking charges at beauty spots

Dee and Paul Woodruff and their food bar at the Crook o'Lune car park
Dee and Paul Woodruff and their food bar at the Crook o'Lune car park
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ANGER is mounting over the introduction of a new £1 parking charge at one of the district’s most popular beauty spots.

Visitors will now have to pay for the privilege of parking at the Crook ‘o Lune picnic site at Caton near Lancaster.

Locals, visitors and the owner of a snack bar at the Crook ‘o Lune are all unhappy about the move by Lancashire County Council.

Paul Woodruff who owns Woodies cafe at site and recently became Mayor of Lancaster, told The Visitor: “As a man with a small business it does raise serious concerns for me. We get lots of people here who come from all over but I think it will put people off.

“If you are a rambler who is going to park there all day its fine but if you’re only stopping for a few minutes for a cup of tea, to use toilets or to have a quick walk, its quite a lot of money, especially on a regular basis.

“We’ve had a bit of debate with people who visit here and they’re not happy. They’ve said it will push people to park on the road.

“Charging isn’t necessarily a bad idea but it’s not being done fairly. People will go to Bull Beck and places like Kirkby Lonsdale instead.”

See The Visitor (25-05-11) for full story.