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Grimsby pub angers community by putting parking meters in car park

A pub that controversially installed parking meters in its car park has submitted a planning application – almost a month after installing them.

The Nags Head Pub on Caistor Road, Laceby, Grimsby, installed the meters in its car park to the rear of the property in March, sparking outrage among local residents, business owners and the parish council who had used the car park regularly.

Residents have said that they often use the 75-bay car park to visit the local church, cafes and to drop their children off at Laceby Primary School, as it is too dangerous to park on the main road.

The Nags Head Pub on Caistor Road, Laceby, Grimsby, installed parking meters in its car park to the rear of the property in March, sparking outrage among local residents, business owners and the parish council who had used the car park regularly

Residents said they often use the 75-bay car park to visit the local church, cafes and to drop their children off at Laceby Primary School, as it is too dangerous to park on the main road. Parking in the village (above) is in short supply

Residents said they often use the 75-bay car park to visit the local church, cafes and to drop their children off at Laceby Primary School, as it is too dangerous to park on the main road. Parking in the village (above) is in short supply

Rebecca Lofthouse (left) and Ellis Gray (right), who both work at The Little Teapot, have expressed their frustration with the Nag's Head car park. The Parish Council has claimed it has documentation stating the car park had been granted to the people of Laceby for their use

Rebecca Lofthouse (left) and Ellis Gray (right), who both work at The Little Teapot, have expressed their frustration with the Nag’s Head car park. The Parish Council has claimed it has documentation stating the car park had been granted to the people of Laceby for their use

The Parish Council also claimed that it has documentation stating that the car park had been granted to the people of Laceby for their use.

The company that runs the pub – Innovation Pub Management Ltd – has maintained that the decision to install the parking meters was not done in an effort to make money, but simply to allow their customers somewhere to park, as it had been ‘impossible for them’.

Those who park in the car park and use the pub can claim the cost back. However those who do not use the pub will have to pay a minimum of £2 to use the facility.

They have also said that while they do not refute the existence of any documentation stating that the car park had been granted to the people of Laceby, they have not been made aware of it.

Those who park in the car park and use the pub can claim the cost back. However those who do not use the pub will have to pay a minimum of £2 to use the facility

Those who park in the car park and use the pub can claim the cost back. However those who do not use the pub will have to pay a minimum of £2 to use the facility

The planning application for the installation of the parking meters, cameras and associated signage was submitted to the council on April 9, almost a month after the issue was first highlighted

The planning application for the installation of the parking meters, cameras and associated signage was submitted to the council on April 9, almost a month after the issue was first highlighted

However, the manager has stated that if the car park is so popular among village residents then they would possibly look at reducing the charges for their benefit.

He said: ‘It is often easy for people to assume that areas such as car parks do not cost those who manage them anything. However, that is not the case, and we had to look at ways to increase revenues with regard to this piece of land.

‘People are using it as a public car park, and we therefore believe it reasonable to bring in charges, as does any other commercial parking operation.

‘However, unlike others, we are not interested in generating a profit here and if charges can be reduced due to its popularity, then we will look at doing so.’

The planning application for the installation of the parking meters, cameras and associated signage was submitted to the council on April 9, almost a month after the issue was first highlighted by The Grimsby Telegraph.

The cameras that have been installed will automatically recognise the number plates of all cars that are entering and exiting the car park.



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