Anger as Portsmouth City Council introduces permits for Leigh Park parking bays

PAYMENT Leigh Park resident Michael Burrows is not happy with Portsmouth City Council informing him he will now have to pay a charge to keep his car in the parking area behind his property on Purbrook Way                                     Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150154-7)
PAYMENT Leigh Park resident Michael Burrows is not happy with Portsmouth City Council informing him he will now have to pay a charge to keep his car in the parking area behind his property on Purbrook Way Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150154-7)
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BEING forced to pay to park outside his house has left Mike Burrows seething.

The IT support engineer has been parking his car at the back of his property in Purbrook Way, Leigh Park, for many years.

But he was stunned when contractors for Portsmouth City Council came to paint white lines to create parking bays at the back of his house.

The communal concreted areas, many with garages, were laid down decades ago when the estate was built.

Signs then went up, warning him he could be fined if he did not display a parking permit.

The 46-year-old has now been told he must pay £1.50-a-week plus VAT for a permit to park in one of the bays.

He told The News: ‘They painted the white lines a little while ago.

‘There was no communication about what they were going to do.

‘Then suddenly these signs went up all the way round the parking area saying the scheme was coming into force in February.

‘The sign said if you don’t have a permit you are going to be charged £80.’

Mr Burrows has complained to the council, but said officials told him letters had been sent out and there was free parking available on the road.

But he said: ‘To be honest, I am absolutely disgusted.

‘It’s not something you plan into your financial arrangements.

‘It’s certainly not going to help us as residents as we have nowhere else to park. Outside the front of the house, it’s double yellow lines.’

The areas are being patrolled by Capital 2 Coast Parking Managament.

Jo Bennet, the council’s leasehold and commercial services manager, said: ‘We have a portfolio of commercial assets which include garages and parking sites.

‘These assets are held to support our social housing work and to help us keep our rents low.

‘We try, through consultation with local residents, to keep the charges for garages and parking sites low but understand that changes like this do cause concern to some residents. Local residents are always consulted on any new arrangement.’