Oldham Council has said the new time limits at car parks in Uppermill are still receiving a “positive” response from local people.
But the council has also revealed that similar schemes in Royton and Shaw will be suspended for the time being, because of concerns raised by local businesses.
The restrictions were brought in last month to try to free up spaces in car parks for visitors and shoppers. There was a mixed response from Uppermill businesses, with some hoping the changes would help them attract more customers, while others were worried about where staff would leave their vehicles.
In Uppermill, drivers are now only allowed to stay in the museum car park for three hours, with two-hour limits in place at the Hare and Hounds, Smithy Lane and King George V playing fields car parks.
Vehicles aren’t allowed to return to the car parks in question within four hours. The limits operate between 8am and 6pm, seven days a week. All the car parks remain free.
The new short time limits don’t apply to the car park at the leisure centre, although it is a longer walk from there to the centre of the village.
Cllr John McCann, who represents Saddleworth South and holds the relevant portfolio in the Oldham Council Cabinet, used a council statement to say: “When this scheme was first mooted we expected, and have received, views from people who are opposed to it.”
He added: “However, as previously stated, our parking attendants across the borough continue to receive positive feedback from motorists looking to find accessible parking, and this has been consistently reported in the local media.”
Cllr McCann went on: “Residents are happy they can now get to park in the district centres so they can use local services and shops. It also means local businesses will see money spent with them which may otherwise have gone outside the borough.”
He also announced there would now be an extra effort to get tough on drivers who wrongly park in bays reserved for disabled people.
Cllr McCann said: “We make no apologies now for clamping down on people who think they can park in disabled bays without a blue badge and get away with it. Our message is simple – you have been warned and you will be given a parking ticket.”
The council has previously said the limits will be reviewed after they’ve been in place for six months. You can read more about that from Saddleworth News here.
The latest council statement can be read in full here.