The council have also decided that the cost of residents’ parking permits will rise from £48 to £70 for the first permit, £80 to £116 for the second permit and £193 to £280 for the third permit. The cost of visitor permits will also increase from £3.40 to £3.70.
These changes will provide little benefit to residents, make it difficult and expensive for family and friends to visit and will have an adverse impact on local businesses and community groups.
Controlled parking was originally introduced to protect residents from commuters who would otherwise use residential streets to park during the day. The current 9am to 5pm restrictions adequately prevent this.
The council claims that an increase in traffic has had an effect on the demand for kerbside parking space. However the Cabinet Member admitted that it would help the council raise an extra £250,000 a year, which is clearly the real reason.
Residents have until the 4th February to object to these proposals.
What you can do:
- Sign our petition which will be presented at the next Council Meeting on 31st January.
- Complete our survey
- Write or email your views to the Parking Services Department firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write or email your views to Cllr Phil Thomas, the Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways email@example.com