LIVERPOOL council chiefs have vowed to crack down on a parking ?free-for-all? in the heart of the city centre.

It came about after the ?1bn Liverpool One development saw parking restrictions in surrounding streets suspended so delivery and construction vehicles could do their work without being fined.

Once word got around that it was possible to park for free, the narrow roads on the edges of the Grosvenor complex became choked with vehicles , some of which with nothing to do with Liverpool One.

Now the city council has said it will introduce an 18-month experimental traffic regulation order to deal with parking restrictions in the Seel Street area.

Cllr Peter Millea, the cabinet member responsible for transport in the city, said: ?The issue is that Seel Street and the area around it has been a building site. Whatever traffic regulations are in place have been suspended or not renewed.

?This is a very turbulent period which we?ve come through, but it has been used by some to park their vehicles for free.

?It has been alleged that we turned a blind eye to what was going on. We may have done that, but when there is ?1bn-worth of investment going into the area, we can?t say, ?thanks for your money, but we?re not going to let you work here?.? continues