DRIVERS whose inconsiderate parking has caused problems for Highworth’s weekly Saturday market could find themselves being fined – or their vehicles towed away under new proposals put to the council.

Highworth Market manager Richard Williams told members of Highworth Town Council at their latest meeting the market was continuing to do well and attracting new stalls but was facing a significant parking issue.

Vehicles are being left in the market square on a regular basis and getting in the way of the Saturday Market.

Most of these vehicles belong to customers of local hotels.

The call for something to be done was made during Mr Williams’ regular report during the General Purpose and Finance Committee meeting which was held on the same evening as the Planning Committee and Leisure Committee meetings last Tuesday.

The town clerk will now explore several options to resolve this issue.

These options include using a company called Flash Park, who would receive photos taken by Mr Williams and then issue fines, with £10 from each fine going back to the town council. This could also be used during the week if people overstay the two-hour limit.

Alternatively, a removal company could be used to tow vehicles away, or the market square could be cordoned off with barriers, or councillors could request that hotel owners notify customers about the parking restrictions in the square and suggest they use car parks at the rear of the hotels.

During the meeting, councillors also agreed to give approval for the use of the market square for next year's May Day Festival, which is being held on Saturday May 5 2018.

Following this year's popular circus theme, next year's event will be pirate-themed.

A decision on any the council's financial contribution to the event will be made at a later date.