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Think before you park

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley’s parking enforcement officers will recommence patrols of our town centres from Monday 8 June.

Parking enforcement officers will help to ensure people are parking safely and considerately in our town centres in advance of non-essential retailers re-opening on Monday 15 June.

Residents and visitors are being urged to give extra consideration to other drivers, road users and shoppers when parking in our town centres.

Commitment to town centres

As part of our commitment to supporting the recovery of our town centres, Knowsley Council will continue its suspension of parking charges across Huyton, Kirkby and Prescot town centres.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Economic Development, said:

“Getting our town centres open for business again is a fundamentally important step in getting back to some new sense of normal in the coming weeks and months. Economically it is a crucially important step forward but we need to be mindful that the majority of our town centre businesses have been closed for almost three months. As a result, the number of people visiting our town centres has dropped significantly and people have got used to that.

“We know that car users, in some cases, have relaxed their own approach to safe parking – using side roads, grass verges, non-designated spaces and even accessing private land. With more and more traffic building up and more pedestrians and shoppers coming back each day we just need people to make sure those visiting our town centres by car observe parking restrictions and park sensibly and legally at all times. This will help us to make sure our town centres can still be safe places to visit and that people are encouraged to once more shop local and support local businesses.”