A member of Maghull Labour Action Team is urging the owner of Central Square to ensure that shoppers who use the car parks around the shopping centre are not slapped with parking fines when the ticket machines are frequently out of order.
Maghull Labour Action Team's John Sayers has written to square owner, the Maghull Group, calling for them to make sure that motorists are not hit with the fines when the machines are on the blink.
Shoppers regularly find the ticket machines around the square displaying 'out of order' forcing them to trek to the other side of the busy shopping centre to find a fully functioning machine - leaving them vulnerable to parking fines.
John said: "We want shoppers to come to Central Square to use our local businesses. But we cannot scare those much needed shoppers off with the fear that they will incur a parking fine for the privilege.
"I visit the square regularly in my car, and on a number of occasions the machine nearest to where I have parked has been out of order, forcing me to trek to the nearest working machine which can be at the other side of the square. It's a good distance considering the last time this happened to me was when I parked behind the HSBC. The next nearest machine was in the square itself.
"And I'm not alone. People have told me it happens to them all the time too.
"It will really put people off coming to the square, which is just what our local businesses can least afford."
John hopes a "common sense approach" will be beneficial for motorists and businesses in and around the square.
John said: "I've written to the Maghull Group to raise my concerns with them and to ask them to make sure that the parking attendants do not issue tickets to vehicles which are parked near to any 'out of order' machines.
"I'm just asking for a common sense approach to this issue.
"It'll work for the motorist, the local businesses and for the Maghull Group in the long run. It will incentivise the company responsible for the parking and maintaining the machines to keep them up and running."