Ramsbottom Councillors, Rob Hodkinson, Ian Bevan and Ian Schofield have been surveying local businesses in the town to see what they thought about the lack of parking in the centre of town.
Businesses and visitors alike have been complaining about the restricted number of parking spaces in the town. Business owners believe that the lack of parking is forcing residents and visitors to seek alternative locations for shopping and leisure.
Coun Hodkinson said “Ramsbottom desperately needs extra parking. It has become a victim of its own success. It is really beginning to affect local trade with visitors being put off by the lack of parking.”
Coun Bevan added “As local Councillors we have had high level meetings with Council officers to determine what can be done. Plans have now been formulated for a possible new parking scheme in the town centre, including the provision of a new 200 space long stay car park adjacent to the town centre.”
Coun Schofield commented “This is subject to finding the capital funding for the groundwork, tarmacadam and line painting but we are urging the Council to use a proportion of its reserves or seek some capital funding. Businesses are being canvassed on whether they could fund ongoing maintenance for the proposed long stay car park if capital funding can be provided by Bury Council to create a new long stay car park.”
Coun Bevan said “We will obviously work closely with local residents and businesses before we get this project off the ground. Bury Council fully understand that a new long stay car park is crucial to the future success of Ramsbottom town centre.”
Results of Ramsbottom Business Survey on Parking
(approx. 50% of Ramsbottom Town Centre businesses responded)
1. Do you consider there is sufficient overall car parking in Ramsbottom town centre?
Yes – 10%, No – 89%, Don’t Know – 1%
2. Do your customers raise concerns about difficulty in parking?
Yes – 86%, No – 12%, Don’t Know – 2%
3. Do you think that there should be short stay parking within the town centre?
Yes – 76%, No – 18%, Don’t Know – 6%
4. What would you consider to be a minimum short stay time?
30 mins – 6%, 1 hour – 26%, 2 hours – 53%, Don’t Know – 15%
5. How long should limited waiting times on Street Parking be limited to? (Currently 1 hour).
30 mins – 5%, 1 hour – 49%, 2 hours – 46%
6. How many of your staff (including yourself) would require a long stay parking space?
Monday to Friday – 280
Saturday & Sunday – 188
7. Do you think that free parking has a positive effect on your business?
Yes – 97%, No – 0%, Don’t Know – 3%
8. Can you think of any examples of good parking schemes in other towns you have visited? If so, what are they and where?
Rawtenstall – Disc Parking
Clitheroe – Free limited Short Stay but Long Stay Nearby
9. Do you have any further comments or concerns about parking or traffic in the town centre?
“Dedicated Long Stay Workers Car Park”
“Residents Permit Discs”
“£1 Per Day Parking”
“Park and Ride”
“Ticketing System but with no charges”
“No Pay and Display”
“Business owners using prime parking all day – free parking benefits them – not their customers who struggle to park”
“Less traffic warden enforcement”
“Remove the Car Boot Sale from the ELR Car Park to free up spaces”
“Reinstate yellow lines which are fading”
“Lack of parking reduces footfall”
“Better signage of car parks and restriction”
“Remove some of the empty disabled parking bays”