Prestonians unhappy with city parking

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People in Preston may struggle to find places to park over this festive period, UCLan Live has found.

Much of the free parking in the city was removed in October 2019, leaving people with little choice of where to park.

UCLan Live spoke to members of the public about their experience of parking in Preston.

Carrie Denton, 38, of Fulwood, said: “It’s ridiculous, especially at this time of year. It puts people off coming here.”

Robert Pryor 46, who lives in Ashton-on-Ribble said: “There’s enough parking, but it’s all pay and display and costs a bomb.”

Gerrie Thompson, 56, of Ribbleton, said: “I don’t bother driving into town, it’s just not worth it.”

Meanwhile, the amount of money made by Preston City Council from parking fines in the city has been falling steadily since 2016.

The figure has fallen by more than £20,000 between October 2016 and October 2019 from £71,273.48 to £50,003.42

Despite the fall in money made from fines, locals remain unhappy with the parking situation in the city.

Oscar Jackson, 21, who lives in the city centre, said: “I’ve had a couple fines since I moved here but it’s [parking] just getting harder and harder.”

The council are offering free parking over Christmas on the Penny Street car park.

Preston City Council were approached for comment but were unavailable.