A veteran Cleveleys trader is calling for an urgent re-think in the way to attract tourists into the town.
Michael Mason, whose family have run Masons Amusements on the promenade for around 70 years, says trade in Cleveleys is falling away, partly because coaches are not being accommodated properly.
Mr Mason is calling on Wyre Council to listen to the concerns of traders and permanently re-instate a temporary solution to coach parking which he says was a big success this year – until the council halted it.
He said: “For the last few years, the first two coaches to arrive for the day have been parking up in the bays on Rough Lea Road and then staying there all day, blocking things off the other coaches who had nowhere to go. It’s been a big problem.
“Finally, this summer Wyre agreed to allow coaches to park on the virtually-unused car park at Jubilee Gardens on a trial basis. This worked brilliantly and alleviated the congestion at the top of Victoria Road and provided a much needed place for coaches to park.
“We wrote to every coach company that has visited the resort in the last three years to tell them about this, other traders handed out maps and directions.
For the last few years, the first two coaches to arrive for the day have been parking up in the bays on Rough Lea Road and then staying there all day, blocking things off the other coaches who had nowhere to go. It’s been a big problem
“It’s been a huge success.
“Wyre Council now says the trial has ended and they will be looking an alternate site which can accommodate no more than four coaches.
“In the meantime there will be no coach parking in Cleveleys and the coach companies will all now have to put up with being messed about again. They’re just not going to come any more. They’re telling us this and we’re telling the council, but they’re not interested.”
A Wyre Council spokeswoman said: “We are looking into a long-term solution to the issue of visitors to Cleveleys and will be liaising fully with traders,”