Representatives of Lancaster and Morecambe Chamber of Commerce (LMCoC) were in attendance at the public consultation in relation to car parking with Lancaster City Council on Monday evening.
The meeting was to look at the impact the Canal Quarter plans would have on car parking in Lancaster City Centre.
Initial plans show that 126 parking spaces could be lost in 2024 at the Nelson Street site, and there is potential for 600 spaces to be lost/displaced over the coming years to the Canal Quarter development.
The Canal Quarter plan is a residential led one, and will provide much needed housing in the City, especially social housing.
Whilst we understand the difficulties faced by the council to ‘juggle’ and meet all priorities. Our membership are concerned about the impact the loss of parking spaces will have on businesses in the town centre.
We have spoken to the councillors leading on the project and will continue to do so throughout the various stages of public consultation, in order that our membership, other business and charities are listened to throughout this process.
We thank Lancaster BID and Lancaster City Council for the event, and for the opportunity to raise concerns, and hope that this continues whilst the City Council finalise their plans.
LMCoC will be consulting with our membership on this issue shortly, if you have any immediate comments please email us: