We've all been to games where parking your car has been a drudgery, met by fussy traffic wardens, restricted zones and expensive car park fees. Makes it a nuisance and an unwarranted one at that. Bury fans are no exception.
Bury Football Club, in conjunction with various supporter groups including ‘Forever Bury’ the fans' network, are urging supporters to back a campaign aimed at trying to stop planned resident parking permits extended to roads and streets in and around the Gigg Lane area.
"Time is short, and we need as many supporters as possible to register their displeasure at changes which will effectively make it impossible for supporters to park anywhere near the ground on match days," club director Mark Catlin said.
"If we all pull together, and quickly, we can at least make sure the people that will be making the decisions understand the strength of feeling supporters have against any extension to the existing parking restrictions that currently exist."
Ideally the group like to be in a position to present a petition to the council by next Wednesday (13th).
Bury FC has been an integral part of the local community for 125 years, almost all of those years at Gigg Lane, and at a time when everyone is working so hard to increase attendances and local participation, this decision could undermine all of the great work being undertaken by the club in making Bury FC the focal point for so much good going on in the town itself.
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