Mayor of March calls for closure of City Road lorry park

Cars parking in the City Road lorry park back in 2010.

Cars parking in the City Road lorry park back in 2010. - Credit: Archant

THE Mayor of March, Councillor Jan French, is backing a move to close the lorry park next to the City Road car park.

The town council is due to discuss the plan at their meeting on Monday.

Cllr French said this week: “We want to encourage people to shop in town, and now I believe is the time that lorries are gone.

“March is the only town in Fenland that has this facility. The car park belongs to Fenland District Council, and March Town Council is looking for views on the matter.

“Subject to the town council discussions and recommendations, we will then have to contact the district council for the outcome.”

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Cllr French says the City Road lorry park is “past its sell by date”. She says the proposed closure is “not something to rush into” but the town council will start the discussion and “see where it goes.”

The Mayor has been told by police that lorries have alternative parking available in Commercial Road or Hostmoor.

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Cllr French believes that closing the lorry park will cut the number of lorries driving into March, especially along Wimblington Road, where she is supporting a campaign to reduce the speed limit.

The Mayor says car parking requirements for March need to be assessed. The Darthill Road parking, currently leased to Fenland District Council by the Blackwell family, has been extended to the end of the year.

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