PLANS to change the rules for residents parking in three areas of Portsmouth have been dropped.
Recommendations were put forward by Portsmouth City Council to change the GA zone in Fratton as well as the FG and FD zones in Stamshaw.
But after hearing several deputations – and with more than 150 consultation comments received about the impact the changes could have – Cllr Ken Ellcome, cabinet member for traffic and transport, decided to keep all three the same.
In September, residents were encouraged to have their say on the outlined changes.
In Fratton, it would have included getting rid of parking permits in the GA zone and creating a new small G1 zone with one-hour free parking and permit holders only between 11am and 1pm.
Officers at the meeting said the reason for the small window of permit holders only was to stop commuters leaving their cars there all day.
This is a great example of people power.Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson
But people living in the area raised concerns, including parking when Pompey are playing at home.
One resident at the meeting said: ‘The reason behind the changes does not seem logical.
‘People who want to park all day or for the football will just park in one of the roads which doesn’t have any permit parking.’
In Stamshaw, proposed changes to the FG and FD zones would have seen the 24-hour permit parking removed and replaced with permit-holders only between 1pm and 3pm.
But after considering the comments made during the consultation, officers decided to change the recommendations.
Alan Cufley, director of transport at the council, said: ‘When we first did this consultation, an overwhelming number of people said to remove the permits so they did not have to pay the £30 for their first. But from the consultation, the majority of people said to keep them.’
Cllr Ken Ellcome said: ‘I am not satisfied that the public consultation was sufficient so I think what we will do is retain the status quo.’
Lib Dem councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, who gave a deputation on the matter, welcomed the decision.
He said: ‘This is a very big victory.
‘This is a great example of people power.
‘To get the council to change its mind is good.
‘I’m pleased because the ward councillors David Fuller and Dave Ashmore told the residents about the possible changes and encouraged them to write in and get these decisions changed.
‘Parking in these areas, especially Fratton, was terrible before the permits were introduced.’
Fratton councillor Julie Swan said the idea of the G1 zone was ludicrous.