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Drivers will be able to park on double yellow lines for 15 minutes under proposals to boost trade in neighbourhood high streets.
In the Cheshire town of Knutsford opinions are divided along surprising lines, as ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports.
Business Secretary Vince Cable has backed a proposal to allow drivers to park on double yellow lines for 15 minutes, saying it could benefit small businesses.
"I've got a lot of sympathy with what (Communities and Local Government Secretary) Eric Pickles is trying to do," Cable told Channel 5 News.
"I think a lot of small businesses are driven to distraction by over-zealous enforcement of parking rules, so I think a little bit of common sense and flexibility is very much to be welcomed."
Dame Sarah Storey, who has won 11 Paralympic gold medals in cycling for Great Britain, says a proposal to allow drivers to park on double yellow lines for 15 minutes is dangerous:
The AA said some double yellow lines are in place for "historical reasons" and could be removed.
AA president Edmund King said:
A proposal from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to allow drivers to park on double yellow lines for 15 minutes has received as lukewarm reaction on the ITV News Facebook page.
While a handful of readers backed the idea, the vast majority appeared to be against it.
Ben Harvey said:
Cheryl Reed said she thought the idea was potentially "dangerous":
Mandy Clarke also pointed out that the plan would be difficult to police:
Councils should adopt a common sense approach over parking enforcement, a local Conservative government said today, after the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles suggested that drivers could park on double yellow line for 15 minutes.
Brandon Lewis told The Daily Telegraph:
The high street must work for businesses, the Liberal Democrat transport minister said today, after the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles proposed that drivers could park on double yellow line for 15 minutes.
Norman Baker told The Daily Telegraph: "We are keen to ensure that the high street works for businesses by stopping people parking illegally for hours on end.
"I have been in discussions with other colleagues from government about how we can best take decisions on this forward.
"This is about tackling motorists who are parking illegally, not about raising charges for those who park legally."
A source close to the Eric Pickles has said that over-aggressive parking enforcement is endangering the high street, according to The Daily Telegraph, after the Communities Secretary proposed that drivers could park on double yellow line for 15 minutes.
The source told the newspaper:
Drivers will be able to park on double yellow lines for 15 minutes under proposals to boost trade in neighbourhood high streets, but face stiffer fines for dangerous parking, it has emerged.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants to introduce a "grace period" within months that would allow motorists to pop into local shops without being hit by hefty penalties, according to The Daily Telegraph.
As part of the coalition horse-trading needed to secure support for the move, higher fines could be introduced outside London for motorists who park dangerously.