Parking restrictions proposed for downtown London

Jane Beathard Staff Writer

November 22, 2013

London may limit parking in front of Madison County’s courthouse.

On Thursday, London city council member Alan Knowles sponsored an ordinance to restrict downtown High Street parking to two hours on weekdays. Main Street parking is already restricted.

The measure would limit parking to two hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on High Street, between Walnut Street and Madison Road and on Main Street, between High and Center streets.

County employees, jury members, and visiting lawyers will have to park along North Oak Street, Fourth Street, or in the small county parking lot on the southeast corner of Fourth and N. Oak.

Offstreet parking near the courthouse is currently hindered by the construction of the municipal courthouse on N. Oak Street.

A public hearing on the proposed parking ordinance is set for Thursday, Jan. 16.

A public hearing on Jan. 2, will give opponents of a proposed ordinance to vacate an alley between 208 and 204 E. First St. a chance to air their concerns.

Shirley Litchfield told council members on Thursday closure would adversely affect her father’s property at 204 E. First St. Litchfield said the alley provides access to a garage on the lot.

“We’ll pay property tax on land to which we have no access,” Litchfield said.

In other meeting action on Thursday, city council:

• Amended the proposed 2014 budget to reduce police department appropriations by $69,455 and increase recreation department appropriations by $25,000.

• Agreed to spend $25,000 on wiring and electrical improvements at the London Community Center Complex on Walnut Street.