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Popular Lancashire pub scraps parking charges

A popular pub in Lancashire has made the decision to scrap unpopular parking enforcement measures.

The owners of the Fleece Inn pub in Liverpool Road, Penwortham announced in January 2015 that it was going to be introducing a parking charge of £1 for two hours. The car park solution came in response to people using the pub's parking spaces to leave their vehicles all day while they commuted into Preston.

However, the charges proved very unpopular, not only among local residents but also nearby businesses and charities who that feared the pay and display machine would have an effect on donations, volunteers and infirm shoppers.

According to the Lancashire Evening Post, the Spirit Pub Company which runs the Fleece Inn, said while the parking enforcement has been lifted, the business will continue to monitor the parking problems.

Jim Kearns, pub manager, explained: "The problem we’ve had for a long time is that people park their cars for hours on our car park and there’s no room for our customers.

"The Pay and Display machines did help with that, but the reason they’ve been removed is because the charges to the pub were too high and we were losing money."

He added that the pub car park was often two thirds full by 10am, leaving no room for customers.

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