Free parking in Frodsham could be under threat.
The issue has reared its head again after supermarket chain Morrisons recently added cameras to the car park at their Main Street store.
Frodsham Town Council has called a meeting of the town’s business owners to raise any concerns and start to find a solution at Castle Park House on March 22.
FTC deputy mayor Mallie Poulton urged the community to have its say.
He said: “For a long time now we have recognised the difficulty caused by parking in Frodsham.
“The town council need to find ways to alleviate the problem and, most importantly, have a voice with our landlords Cheshire West and Chester Council.
“This is a very important issue. We must have a say, before potential charges are imposed upon us.”
A Cheshire West and Chester Council consultation has looked into potential parking charges across the borough and found their was ‘significant opposition’ to making people pay to park.
At the moment parking on Moor Lane, Church Street and Main Street provides easy access to the town centre free of charge.
The question is whether introducing fees for motorists would help support Frodsham and its economy or simply deter more visitors.
Morrisons said bringing in its own management system cameras would help stop shoppers from using its car park for other business and free space for its customers at peak shopping times.
The technology recognises number plates as vehicles come in and allows a maximum stay of an hour and a half before an £85 fine could be issued.
A Morrisons spokesman said: “Customers at the store told us that they were having difficulty finding a space at busy times.
“The new car park management system should help alleviate these problems.”
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Frodsham Town Council will be holding a consultation for the opinions of ‘residents and visitors’ at a later date before revealing its findings in a public meeting.
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