Parking banned on 10 streets

MOTORISTS will be banned from parking on a number of streets under new proposals designed to encourage more shoppers into Horwich .

Plans put forward by Bolton Council are to introduce ‘no waiting at any time’ restrictions on 10 streets.

The parking ban will include one side of St John Street, New Brunswick Street, Robinson Street, Rawlinson Street, Rawlinson Street from Winter Hey Lane to Abbott Street, as well as both sides of Captain Street and Harrison Street and one side of Back Winter Hey Lane from its junction with Captain Street to the junction with Back Captain Street.

Horwich councillors approved the majority of the restrictions at the latest Horwich Town Council meeting, saying they will solve “road blocks” and improve access to car parks.

The restrictions are designed to complement the new three-hour maximum stay in one of the car parks, which has already been introduced.

Councillors say this will free up more spaces for shoppers Bolton Council says the proposals have been drawn up at the request of residents, businesses and the Town Council.

A spokesman said: “People have until October 10, to comment and we will then review the comments. The proposed restrictions are part of a wider plan for Horwich Town Centre.”

Cllr Kevin McKeon said: “Making one of the car parks three hours is, a good idea.

“It will free up car parking spaces and encourage more people to shop in Horwich.”

Councillors asked for the ‘return within limit’ on the car park to be reduced from all day to a few hours, allowing people to continue to pop into town throughout the day.

Cllr Stephen Rock said: “I would not want restrictions to be placed everywhere.”

“This is a relatively small scheme and I don’t want to see restrictions across the town so there is no where left to park.”

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2:31pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Horwich Observer says...

I don't think the above will encourage anyone to shop any more or less than they already do.

It is a sign of the times, small town centres are doomed.

Much easier and cheaper to shop in a large supermarket or on retail parks like Middlebrook.
I don't think the above will encourage anyone to shop any more or less than they already do. It is a sign of the times, small town centres are doomed. Much easier and cheaper to shop in a large supermarket or on retail parks like Middlebrook. Horwich Observer

2:58pm Wed 26 Sep 12

I, Ludicrous says...

Someone's going to have to explain this to me. They're going to make it harder to park up in order to attract more people? Go on then.............
Someone's going to have to explain this to me. They're going to make it harder to park up in order to attract more people? Go on then............. I, Ludicrous

3:06pm Wed 26 Sep 12

A ninja storm says...

Daft idea.....I'm off to the Middlebrook instead, free parking and plenty of spaces :-)
Daft idea.....I'm off to the Middlebrook instead, free parking and plenty of spaces :-) A ninja storm

3:40pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Owdhorwicher says...

I live in Heath Charnock. I do much of my shopping in Horwich because I can pop in, get what I want,a nd be back home in less than an hour. What lunatics decided that this will encourage people to shop in the town?
I live in Heath Charnock. I do much of my shopping in Horwich because I can pop in, get what I want,a nd be back home in less than an hour. What lunatics decided that this will encourage people to shop in the town? Owdhorwicher

4:22pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Andyroost says...

None of you are thinking outside the box, Council cuts, lets say im the person whos needing to look busy, half the office desks are empty as there is less and less to do, everything is being sold off or scrapped. I know, I'll come up with a crazy scheme, my desk is now full of complaints and i am very busy with the piles of letters to the uninterested eye, when someone higher up the chain comes in and starts chopping the workforce, do they pick a full or empty desk. exactly!
None of you are thinking outside the box, Council cuts, lets say im the person whos needing to look busy, half the office desks are empty as there is less and less to do, everything is being sold off or scrapped. I know, I'll come up with a crazy scheme, my desk is now full of complaints and i am very busy with the piles of letters to the uninterested eye, when someone higher up the chain comes in and starts chopping the workforce, do they pick a full or empty desk. exactly! Andyroost

4:40pm Wed 26 Sep 12

crompo g says...

Wasn't good old Mary Portas advocating convenient free parking on the doorstep as a saviour of the high streets??? Shall look forward to the council U turn article in 12 months time....after considerable taxpayers money has been spent on another failure...

Council departments are absolutely light years from reality. Sort the parking, sort the business rates and put on the events that bring people into the town centre.
Wasn't good old Mary Portas advocating convenient free parking on the doorstep as a saviour of the high streets??? Shall look forward to the council U turn article in 12 months time....after considerable taxpayers money has been spent on another failure... Council departments are absolutely light years from reality. Sort the parking, sort the business rates and put on the events that bring people into the town centre. crompo g

5:25pm Wed 26 Sep 12

goffy7167 says...

Brilliant! The car parks are already full, thats why people have to park on the streets! so lets take this away and even more people will come to shop in Horwich???? Where does this thinking come from. The number of times I have drove around every car park in Horwich to find a space only to give up and go to Middlebrook! My wife has a business in Horwich and she is dreading this happening, the shopkeepers are struggling enough already, we need more parking not less!! This is going to be the final nail in the coffin for traders in Horwich
goffy7167
Brilliant! The car parks are already full, thats why people have to park on the streets! so lets take this away and even more people will come to shop in Horwich???? Where does this thinking come from. The number of times I have drove around every car park in Horwich to find a space only to give up and go to Middlebrook! My wife has a business in Horwich and she is dreading this happening, the shopkeepers are struggling enough already, we need more parking not less!! This is going to be the final nail in the coffin for traders in Horwich goffy7167 goffy7167

5:53pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Nibelung says...

Are the car parks free in Horwich as it is ?
Are the car parks free in Horwich as it is ? Nibelung

6:00pm Wed 26 Sep 12

daisy1 says...

The car parks are full as it is, and one is also doubled up as a market (Yes only a couple of stalls on a friday, because the council didn't want to spend money to improve it). How is stopping parking on side streets going to help??? It isn't. Just like, if we pedestrianise the top of winter hey lane it will improve the shops and attract more visitors...... oh no that didn't work either. Try spending the money on improving things in the town, like public toilets which you took away.
Maybe this is a ploy to increase revenue made on issuing parking tickets.
The car parks are full as it is, and one is also doubled up as a market (Yes only a couple of stalls on a friday, because the council didn't want to spend money to improve it). How is stopping parking on side streets going to help??? It isn't. Just like, if we pedestrianise the top of winter hey lane it will improve the shops and attract more visitors...... oh no that didn't work either. Try spending the money on improving things in the town, like public toilets which you took away. Maybe this is a ploy to increase revenue made on issuing parking tickets. daisy1

7:20pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Bolton5 says...

Oh dear. Who thought of that? Now even more people will give up on Horwich town centre as a place to shop because they will drive round and go elsewhere. Remove the 'market'. it is a token gesture to a market now and it restricts the flow of traffic through the car park as well. And let shopkeepers park near their shops. If they can't there won't be a town centre to shop in at all.
Oh dear. Who thought of that? Now even more people will give up on Horwich town centre as a place to shop because they will drive round and go elsewhere. Remove the 'market'. it is a token gesture to a market now and it restricts the flow of traffic through the car park as well. And let shopkeepers park near their shops. If they can't there won't be a town centre to shop in at all. Bolton5

7:35pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Nibelung says...

Ah traffic wardens bringing money in for the council it all falls into place now.
Ah traffic wardens bringing money in for the council it all falls into place now. Nibelung

8:39pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Rememberscarborough says...

Horwich is probably the worst place in Bolton for selfish parkers. Trying to drive down Winter Hey Lane is a nightmare because cars are dumped all over the place to allow their owners to "pop" in to a shop. Add this to pedestrians who have no concept of personal safety and I have to query the sanity of anyone who wants to go shopping voluntarily in Horwich.
Horwich is probably the worst place in Bolton for selfish parkers. Trying to drive down Winter Hey Lane is a nightmare because cars are dumped all over the place to allow their owners to "pop" in to a shop. Add this to pedestrians who have no concept of personal safety and I have to query the sanity of anyone who wants to go shopping voluntarily in Horwich. Rememberscarborough

11:45pm Wed 26 Sep 12

atlas123 says...

Most of the people who stop on Winter Hey Lane on the road causing mayhem are blue badge holders....

I am not 100% but i think some of Winter Hey Lane has kerb markings prohibiting blue badge holders.
Most of the people who stop on Winter Hey Lane on the road causing mayhem are blue badge holders.... I am not 100% but i think some of Winter Hey Lane has kerb markings prohibiting blue badge holders. atlas123

9:56am Fri 28 Sep 12

rostron says...

Well heres hoping you never become disabled atlas !
Well heres hoping you never become disabled atlas ! rostron

2:14pm Fri 28 Sep 12

DaveLister says...

I cannot see any logic in this at all, if the car park was band on some streets and replaced with central free car parking then I can see how that would bring more shoppers into Horwich, but charging for car parking is the death nail for Horwich. People will floock to free parking at Middlebrook etc.

It's time some people with common sence and the local coumminity at heart stood as independants for election as councilors, and for local electrorate to forget party politics and elect those who really care.
I cannot see any logic in this at all, if the car park was band on some streets and replaced with central free car parking then I can see how that would bring more shoppers into Horwich, but charging for car parking is the death nail for Horwich. People will floock to free parking at Middlebrook etc. It's time some people with common sence and the local coumminity at heart stood as independants for election as councilors, and for local electrorate to forget party politics and elect those who really care. DaveLister

6:03pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Lancashire always says...

Ha ha ha ha ha this made my day we have just had announced that Dorothy Perkins is closing in Bolton now this maybe is the same person that has insisted on the `parking charges in Bolton that has seen our town centre businesses crippled over the years. The only way to make money in Bolton town centre is to have parkies jumping out of nowhere giving tickets out like confetti making what was once a bustling town where shopping and going for a coffee after is now a nightmare of rush rush rush its no wonder people travel to the reebok which dont get me wrong is a great place to shop but the camaraderie of chatting with people you dont know just passing the time of day just does not happen any more. Watch out for the rolling grass down the centre of Horwich coming soon !!
Ha ha ha ha ha this made my day we have just had announced that Dorothy Perkins is closing in Bolton now this maybe is the same person that has insisted on the `parking charges in Bolton that has seen our town centre businesses crippled over the years. The only way to make money in Bolton town centre is to have parkies jumping out of nowhere giving tickets out like confetti making what was once a bustling town where shopping and going for a coffee after is now a nightmare of rush rush rush its no wonder people travel to the reebok which dont get me wrong is a great place to shop but the camaraderie of chatting with people you dont know just passing the time of day just does not happen any more. Watch out for the rolling grass down the centre of Horwich coming soon !! Lancashire always

2:25pm Wed 3 Oct 12

jhowcroft says...

It beggers belief the tripe Horwich Councillors come out with, I live on Abbott St, one of the roads left untouched by this stupid scheme. I as a resident was not consulted and certainly did not ask for this. With the proposed changes I can assure you that Abbott St will be full of cars by 0830 by retailers office workers illegal car traders and garages overspill, leaving nowhere available for any shoppers to park. They will then use the next available street Curteis St. blocking the access to our garages that we need (as they do at times now)
I have spoken numerous times with Clr Ronson on this point over the years. which always fell on deaf ears. Shame she viewed the point different about parking when it affected her area at the Reebok. when it upset residents for a few hours while matches went on.
Why can the old market site not be used.
with this pathetic ill thought out scheme it will not be long before Horwich is full of takeaways and charity shops, nearly there as it is.
It beggers belief the tripe Horwich Councillors come out with, I live on Abbott St, one of the roads left untouched by this stupid scheme. I as a resident was not consulted and certainly did not ask for this. With the proposed changes I can assure you that Abbott St will be full of cars by 0830 by retailers office workers illegal car traders and garages overspill, leaving nowhere available for any shoppers to park. They will then use the next available street Curteis St. blocking the access to our garages that we need (as they do at times now) I have spoken numerous times with Clr Ronson on this point over the years. which always fell on deaf ears. Shame she viewed the point different about parking when it affected her area at the Reebok. when it upset residents for a few hours while matches went on. Why can the old market site not be used. with this pathetic ill thought out scheme it will not be long before Horwich is full of takeaways and charity shops, nearly there as it is. jhowcroft

5:42pm Wed 3 Oct 12

droo68 says...

Have the councilors given any thought to the people who work in these shops in Horwich? Not everyone lives in Horwich so they need to use their cars to get there. They then need somewhere to park their cars and usually its for all day. Its not always feasible to use public transport. Where do the councillors expect workers to park? If the workers cant park anywhere, then who is going to man these shops for this extra trade they are expecting? I was in Horwich today - the car park was empty but the streets were full. Previous to the car park having the 3 hour time limit, people who were going to work could park on the car park and there was still room for shoppers. This needs to be looked at again - taking the workers into consideration.
Have the councilors given any thought to the people who work in these shops in Horwich? Not everyone lives in Horwich so they need to use their cars to get there. They then need somewhere to park their cars and usually its for all day. Its not always feasible to use public transport. Where do the councillors expect workers to park? If the workers cant park anywhere, then who is going to man these shops for this extra trade they are expecting? I was in Horwich today - the car park was empty but the streets were full. Previous to the car park having the 3 hour time limit, people who were going to work could park on the car park and there was still room for shoppers. This needs to be looked at again - taking the workers into consideration. droo68

5:02pm Thu 4 Oct 12

raggadaddy says...

And not before time as well.

The problem with all this are bone-idle drivers. It has always been a problem parking in Horwich because people will not walk from their car to the shops.

The old market car park should still be able to be used and if it isn't then it should be.

The people who work in Horwich should use this car park but won't because they want to park near to where they work, especially in the Public Hall.

St John Street is always a nightmare to get down as people will double park on it even if there are parking spaces on the car park next to it.

This has been a long time coming. Well done!!

Oh yes I forgot to add that I am disabled also and use the disabled parking spaces in St John's Street car park, of which there aren't enough of!
And not before time as well. The problem with all this are bone-idle drivers. It has always been a problem parking in Horwich because people will not walk from their car to the shops. The old market car park should still be able to be used and if it isn't then it should be. The people who work in Horwich should use this car park but won't because they want to park near to where they work, especially in the Public Hall. St John Street is always a nightmare to get down as people will double park on it even if there are parking spaces on the car park next to it. This has been a long time coming. Well done!! Oh yes I forgot to add that I am disabled also and use the disabled parking spaces in St John's Street car park, of which there aren't enough of! raggadaddy

5:43pm Thu 4 Oct 12

droo68 says...

Anyone got a solution where the shop workers can park when they are working all day ?
Anyone got a solution where the shop workers can park when they are working all day ? droo68

5:45pm Thu 4 Oct 12

droo68 says...

raggadaddy wrote:
And not before time as well.

The problem with all this are bone-idle drivers. It has always been a problem parking in Horwich because people will not walk from their car to the shops.

The old market car park should still be able to be used and if it isn't then it should be.

The people who work in Horwich should use this car park but won't because they want to park near to where they work, especially in the Public Hall.

St John Street is always a nightmare to get down as people will double park on it even if there are parking spaces on the car park next to it.

This has been a long time coming. Well done!!

Oh yes I forgot to add that I am disabled also and use the disabled parking spaces in St John's Street car park, of which there aren't enough of!
Hope you don't need to stay over 3 hours or make a return visit in the same day cos that's the criteria on St. John st car park now
[quote][p][bold]raggadaddy[/bold] wrote: And not before time as well. The problem with all this are bone-idle drivers. It has always been a problem parking in Horwich because people will not walk from their car to the shops. The old market car park should still be able to be used and if it isn't then it should be. The people who work in Horwich should use this car park but won't because they want to park near to where they work, especially in the Public Hall. St John Street is always a nightmare to get down as people will double park on it even if there are parking spaces on the car park next to it. This has been a long time coming. Well done!! Oh yes I forgot to add that I am disabled also and use the disabled parking spaces in St John's Street car park, of which there aren't enough of![/p][/quote]Hope you don't need to stay over 3 hours or make a return visit in the same day cos that's the criteria on St. John st car park now droo68

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