MOVES to improve parking in part of Burnley will come into operation from next month.

On Monday November 1, a controlled parking zone will be come into force in the Top o' the Town area. It will allow resident and business permit holders to park in designated areas in the zone.

Council bosses said it was extremely important that from the start date motorists do not park in the zone unless they are displaying a permit.

If drivers park in the zone and do not display a permit they are likely to receive a fixed penalty notice. The fixed penalty will cost £30 if paid within 14 days and £60 if paid within 28 days.

Anyone visiting someone who lives within the zone in a vehicle must display a visitor's permit. The pass is a scratch card where the relevant day and date should be scratched off and displayed. The pass must be discarded after each visit.

Carers, doctors on call, delivery drivers and all other essential users visiting the zone must ensure that they are either in a marked vehicle, clearly loading or unloading or displaying a visitor's pass.

There are a number of disabled parking bays within the zone. When parking in a bay drivers must display a blue disabled badge and either a permit or visitor's pass.

Permits and visitors' passes are available from Burnley Council's reception desk at 18 Nicholas Street, Burnley.

For further information on the parking zone you can also contact the council's Streetscene unit (traffic section) on 01282 425011.

The streets included in the zone are: Ormerod Road (between the canal bridge and Church Street); Back Ormerod Road; Shorey Bank; Dawson Square; Church Street; Lindsay Street; Hart Street; Hawk Street; Adlington Street and Brown Square.