Parking row is resolved

General view of Bengal Street car park in Leigh

General view of Bengal Street car park in Leigh

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A ROW over town centre parking spaces involving local authority staff in Leigh has been resolved, Wigan Council has said.

Employees at the town hall and library were angered after being asked not to park on the Bengal Street car park following work on the site to replace a multi-storey car park which previously stood there.

Staff were told the use of the car park was being monitored but became frustrated after facing several weeks of being forced to find alternative parking bays in Leigh while the Bengal Street site remained half empty.

Colleagues were also alleged to have received parking fines despite having displayed their parking passes and were told their local authority parking permits were invalid as the car park had been re-named.

A family member of one of the workers, who asked not to be named, said: “Council staff were growing frustrated when seeing the car park half empty on a day-to-day basis, and after numerous emails still being told they couldn’t park there. Three colleagues from one department have all received a fine for parking there, and if other vehicles have received penalty notices, there will now be more spaces available as the drivers won’t be parking there again.”

However, a spokesman for Wigan Council said the car park was now fully open for staff to use and issues with the permits have been resolved.

A statement read: “We’ve kept staff informed as the site was made ready for opening.

“The car park is now fully open but there were a couple of minor works which needed to be completed before staff could use it. We are pleased to have replaced the under-used multi-storey car park and hope the improved facility will be useful to visitors to the town centre as part of a number of continuing improvements to Leigh including new stores, leisure facilities and better road infrastructure.”