Lytham Hall ‘totally disgusted’ as parking problems spread further
Owners of one of Lancashire’s most historic homes have been “totally disgusted” by the ever-increasing parking problems.
Lytham Hall, an iconic and famous location dating back to 1752, has condemned the parking of ‘inconsiderate drivers’ on the grassy edges near the historic Fylde Coast property as ‘completely unacceptable’.
In a post on social media over the weekend, Lytham Hall said some drivers had not only ignored the ‘no parking’ sign at the rear door, but had now taken to crossing a curb and park on a grassy edge.
It was called an “imminent accident”, according to its supporters.
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The angry Facebook post read: “This is totally unacceptable.
“We have enough trouble with people ignoring the NO PARKING sign at the back door, but now to start crossing the sidewalk and parking on the grass is going too far! Totally disgusted.”
A photograph accompanying the post shows two cars parked on a grassy edge near residential properties, with a third parked halfway down the sidewalk.
The message sparked a wave of dismay and anger with residents and fans of the beautiful hall expressing their feelings of support in the strongest possible terms.
Resident Alison Thornton, of nearby Forest Drive, called the ‘reckless parking’ ‘ridiculous’ and ‘dangerous’.
She said many of those responsible were, in her view, regular culprits.
She said, in a comment on social media: “I live on Forest Drive and it’s getting ridiculous now, the amount of reckless parking here. It’s really dangerous. A lot of the cars that park on this bend are there on a regular basis I noticed, so it seems like they use the concourse lot regularly but don’t want to contribute to the upkeep.
Julie Bullough commented that the room should “name and humiliate” those responsible, adding: “Name and humiliate. Put their vehicle registrations here!”
Other solutions suggested by furious commenters included towing, large rocks or poles placed at the location to prevent drivers from accessing the edge of the grass and the setting up of double yellow lines all around the pitch. entrance to the gate, along with warnings of clamping, with much anger at the culprits’ reluctance to pay £1 to park within the grounds of the historic hall.
Lynne Holmes commented: “It’s shocking! There’s going to be an accident around here. Too naughty to pay £1 to park in the lobby!”
His sentiments were echoed by Valerie McLachlan, who commented: ‘It is getting increasingly dangerous outside the upper gate with people parking their cars irresponsibly around the bend on both sides of the road.
She added: “An accident waiting to happen!”
Meanwhile Duncan Waller said the curb was ‘completely blocked’ by reckless parking and called for action to address the problem, which was widespread across Lytham, commenting: ‘Anyone who parks on a curb puts people disabled, people with strollers, actually using the trail anyway, at risk. The sidewalk here is totally blocked by the inconsiderate parking lot, so you have to enter the road to pass. Why don’t the police or the council take positive action by fining offending car owners? It is illegal to park on a footpath or grassy edge, but it happens all over Lytham, not just here. It is time for positive and decisive action to be taken to put an end to this illegal and dangerous parking.
Meanwhile, Sue Wilson said the location was a ‘really bad accident spot’, commenting: ‘I’m visiting my aunt who lives nearby and it’s definitely a really bad accident spot. Cars are driving too fast and cars are parked everywhere.
Linda Strong commented, “I can’t imagine how anyone could decide to pull over on the obviously manicured grass, get out, walk away and think it’s all good!”
She added: “Lytham Hall looks fabulous now; so much work has been done and all the credit goes to the management and the team of volunteers. People need to have more respect for that.
John Hornyak commented: “I feel sorry for the workforce trying to maintain this wonderful place! Thank goodness most people aren’t like them! Most are donors; the taker never cares. Join friends as a parton and get FREE parking and do some good for the place.”
The Beautiful Hall, recognized as the finest Georgian house in Lancashire, consists of a magnificent Palladian mansion dating from 1752.
A Grade I listed building, the famous site and its 80 acres of parkland are of enormous local and national interest.
The renowned site itself dates back to the 12th century when it housed a Benedictine priory, with a Jacobean mansion built in 1601, and much of the Jacobean building still remaining.
Lytham Hall Executive, which includes representatives from the charities Heritage Trust for the North West and Lytham Town Trust, oversees the management of the estate.
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