A GROUP of Liberal Democrats have set up a petition to stop a car park from becoming a second-hand car dealership.
Councillors, along with campaigners David Fuller and Dave Ashmore, are bidding to reverse the decision to sell Nancy Road car park in Fratton, Portsmouth.
But Portsmouth City Council’s deputy leader says a deal has already been agreed.
The car park is currently split into two – one side used by residents and a pay-and-display, and the other used by commercial vehicles. The group has said the decision will mean vehicles using the Victory Business Centre in Somers Road North will not have anywhere to park.
They also fear more cars will be in the area if a showroom opens.
Mr Ashmore said: ‘The city council wants to open a second-hand car sales area.
‘That will mean even more cars parking and misery for local residents.
‘We’ve started a petition to oppose this and lots of local residents have been in touch with me supporting the campaign.’
Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson says he wants the authority to rethink.
‘I’m really worried that the council is removing protection for local residents to park,’ he said.
‘South of Fratton bridge they are removing the residents’ car parking scheme against the wishes of local people.
‘Now north of the Fratton bridge a car park is being sold off. The council should put local residents first and they are not.’
But Tory councillor Luke Stubbs, the authority’s cabinet member for planning and regeneration, says only a small amount of users will be affected.
‘It is a small part of one car park that has been separated off by a fence,’ he said. ‘I believe the contract has been signed already.
‘There are only three permits for vans on the car park.’