A WARD councillor has hit back at a green party candidate who is campaigning for residents’ parking permits to brought to Warsash.
Tory councillor Trevor Cartwright said he has worked for many years to find a solution to the problem of students from the Warsash Maritime Academy parking in residential roads.
Green candidate Miles Grindey, 19, said that residents’ parking problems were top of his agenda and that he would be campaigning to have double-yellow lines swapped to a permit scheme along Newtown Road and Pitchponds.
Cllr Cartwirght said an extensive consultation had taken place with residents before putting in the yellow lines and that they are needed to allow cars to pass safely.
He added: ‘With regard to parking permits, the residents’ views have not been ignored. This has been investigated and found to be expensive and the residents I have spoken to were not prepared to pay it.
‘At the Warsash residents’ meeting in January, 60 people were asked to vote on residents’ parking permits, only one person voted in favour.
‘I can assure all residents that the council would never put parking restrictions in residential areas unless asked to do so by residents.’