Portsmouth campaigners to show their support for city parking zone

The future of the LB parking zone will be decided

The future of the LB parking zone will be decided

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A CRUCIAL decision will be made today over the future of a residential parking zone in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Tory traffic boss Ken Ellcome decided in November last year that he would suspend parking restrictions in the bulk of the LB parking zone – around 13 roads in Somers Town.

The move caused outcry as he did not consult with people living there before making the decision - so a council scrutiny panel ruled he had to look again at his decision.

So today Cllr Ellcome will make a final decision at a public meeting over what to do about the parking zone, and campaigners are expected to attend and make a stand defending it.

It comes as an argument rages on over whether work vans should be banned from residential roads to stop parking being made a nightmare.

Cllr Ellcome’s reason for originally wanting to suspend the LB parking zone was to stop problems with so-called ‘displacement parking’ being created by another decision he made to permanently axe the MB and MC parking zones, covering large parts of Fratton and Southsea.

The meeting takes place at 4pm in Portsmoith Guildhall.

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