Churchgoers are upset after receiving parking tickets while attending services at St Wulfram’s on a Sunday.
Parishioners and visitors were unaware of the restrictions on Castlegate, which are believed to have been in operation since 2012. But several tickets have only been served in the past couple of months.
Rector of St Wulfram’s Father Stuart Cradduck said the restrictions were “over zealous”. The restriction covers seven days a week from 8am to 6pm along a stretch of the far side of the road across from the church. It is believed these restrictions were introduced in 2012 when the Olympic torch was paraded through town.
Father Stuart said: “We understand the strong need for parking restrictions to be in force during the week certainly around the National School. However, it would appear to us that there is no rationale for the parking restrictions to be carried over into the weekend.”
Churchwarden Val York said elderly and disabled members of the congregation were especially affected. People were being advised to park in Watergate car park, which is free on Sundays.
Fr Stuart has written to county councillor Ray Wootten, who said: “It’s clearly confusing where you can park legally on one side and not on the other. I am compiling a report to be submitted to the Highways department so the restriction can be revoked.”
A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council said: “There has been no change to the parking regulations on Castlegate, Grantham in the last two years. Mark Heaton, area highways manager recently visited the area with representatives from South Kesteven District Council and others and has agreed to review the parking restrictions in that area.”