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Lytham Hall ‘absolutely disgusted’ as parking problems spread

The owners of one of Lancashire’s most historic homes are “utterly disgusted” by the ever-increasing parking problem.

Lytham Hall, an iconic and celebrated venue dating back to 1752, has condemned “reckless drivers” parking on grass strips next to the historic Fylde coast estate as “completely unacceptable”.

In a social media post this weekend, Lytham Hall reported that some drivers had not only disregarded the “no parking” sign at the rear gate, but had now resorted to crossing a pavement and parking on a grass verge.

It has been described as “an accident waiting to happen” according to its supporters.

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The angry Facebook post read: “This is totally unacceptable.

“We have enough problems with people ignoring the NO PARKING sign at the back gate, but now crossing the sidewalk and parking in the grass is going too far! Totally disgusted.”

A photo accompanying the post shows two cars parked on a grass verge by apartment buildings and a third parked halfway across the sidewalk.

The post sparked an outburst of dismay and anger, with residents and fans of the beautiful venue venturing out in the strongest possible terms of their feelings of support.

Nearby Forest Drive resident Alison Thornton branded the “reckless parking” as “ridiculous” and “dangerous.”

She pointed out that, in her opinion, many of those responsible were regular offenders.

She said in a social media comment: “I live on Forest Drive and it’s getting ridiculous now how much reckless parking there is here. It’s really dangerous. I’ve noticed a lot of the cars parked in that corner, so they seem to use the concourse regularly but don’t want to contribute to the upkeep.”

Julie Bullough commented that the hall should “name and shame” those responsible, adding: “Name and shame. Enter your vehicle registration documents here!”

Other solutions suggested by angry commentators included towing, large rocks or posts placed in place to prevent drivers from getting onto the green verge, and putting double yellow lines around the gate entrance, along with bracket warnings, with many were upset at the unwillingness of the perpetrators Pay £1 to park in the grounds of the historic hall.

Lynne Holmes commented: “It’s shocking! There will be an accident at this corner. Too mean to pay £1 to park indoors!”

Her sentiments were shared by Valerie McLachlan, who commented: “It’s becoming increasingly dangerous outside the top gate with people irresponsibly parking their cars on the bend on either side of the road.

She added: “An accident waiting to happen!”

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Meanwhile, Duncan Waller said the pavement was “completely blocked” by reckless parking and called for action to address the problem, which was rampant across Lytham, commenting: “Anybody parking on a pavement is seating disabled people, people with pushchairs , in fact endangered on the footpath anyway. The sidewalk here is totally blocked by reckless parking, so you have to walk onto the street to get past. Why don’t the police or the council take positive action by fining the offending car owners? It’s illegal to park on a footpath or grass verge, but it’s the law anywhere in Lytham, not just here. It is time for some positive, decisive action to be taken to stop this illegal, dangerous parking.”

Meanwhile, Sue Wilson said the site was a “very bad accident site” and commented: “I’m visiting my aunt who lives nearby and it’s definitely a very bad accident site. Cars drive too fast and there are cars parked everywhere.”

Linda Strong commented, “I can’t imagine how anyone could decide to stop on the obviously manicured lawn, get out, walk away and think it’s okay!”

She added: “Lytham Hall is looking fabulous now; So much work has been done and credit goes to the management and volunteer team. People need to have more respect for it.”

John Hornyak commented: “I feel sorry for the staff trying to maintain this wonderful place! Thank goodness most people aren’t like that! Most are givers; the taker never cares. Join the friends as Parton and get FREE parking and do something good for the place.”

Renowned as the finest Georgian house in Lancashire, The Beautiful Hall is a stunning Palladian mansion that dates back to 1752.

The famous site, a listed building, and its 80 hectares of parkland are of great local and national interest.

The famous 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 remains.

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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