Plug is pulled on more residents’ parking schemes in Portsmouth

Parking is restricted in many roads
Parking is restricted in many roads

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PLANS for more residents’ parking zones in Portsmouth have been shelved.

Portsmouth City Council can’t afford to set up new ones because it’s losing about £120,000 a year running its existing 34 parking schemes.

Money is being lost because the council pay to run public consultations, install new parking signs and hire wardens to enforce the zones.

Motorists also don’t have to pay for their first permit.

Six new schemes had been suggested by residents and councillors during a consultation about the future of residents’ parking last year.

But the council’s traffic and transport team has realised that nothing else can be done before the council considers its budget again next year.

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for traffic and transport, said the announcement would come as a relief to people living outside of Portsmouth who come to visit.

‘If there were to be six new schemes then obviously that would prevent them parking,’ he said.

‘If there are residents’ zones in an area, then it’s for residents and not for visitors, unless they know someone with a scratchcard who can get them a space in that area.

‘It’s not that we will stop considering future ones, but at this stage we can’t afford to run more any more. It comes down to finance. We don’t have finances to increase schemes.

All of the city’s existing zones, except for MB Orchard Road, will be kept as they are. The roads under that scheme – Britannia Road, Britannia Road North, Cleveland Road, Eton Road, part of Francis Avenue, Harrow Road, Lawson Road, Manners Road, Orchard Road, Percy Road, Rugby Road, Stansted Road, part of Talbot Road and Telephone Road – will be subject to a review following complaints made by residents living elsewhere.

They say that people who don’t qualify for a permit in those areas are parking in their roads.

Cllr Fazackarley said: ‘It’s the only scheme that has caused a severe displacement.’

Conservative group leader Donna Jones said an urgent solution needs to be found.

‘The council needs to be putting time, energy and money into finding a solution,’ she said.

One of the roads affected is Wesley Grove in Copnor.

Joan West, 48, who lives in that road, said: ‘Parking here can be difficult sometimes, but it depends on the time of day.

‘With Hilsea train station nearby I do wonder how many of these cars belong to people who don’t live here.

‘The scheme might have helped but you have to accept that most of Portsmouth is like this.’

Neighbour Barry Jeffries, 51, added: ‘I don’t think it would have made a difference.

‘Parking permits would just move the problem somewhere else.’

THESE proposed schemes have now been scrapped.

Albert Road, Dean Road and Pervin Road, Cosham

Knowsley Road, Cosham,

Station Road area, Copnor including Station Road, Manor Park Avenue, Collis Road and Stapleton Road.

Widley Court Drive, Cosham,

Fratton North – including Shakespeare Road, Shearer Road, Cranleigh Avenue, Cranleigh Road, Power Road, Fourth Street, Fifth Street, Manor Road, Avondale Road, Beecham Road, Hampshire Street, South Road, George Street, Daulston Road, Glencoe Road, Durban Road, Ernest Road, Bettesworth Road, Harcourt Road, Ewart Road, Langford Road, Burleigh Road, Inverness Road, Belmore Close and Little George Street.

Gatcombe Avenue area, Copnor, including Wesley Grove, Lovett Road, Devon Road, Green Lane, Gatcombe Avenue, Allcott Road, Locarno Road and Aylen Road.

Residents can apply for a free permit for one car. A second permit is £53.50 for a year and additional ones cost £107.50. Visitors can obtain ‘scratchcards’ which allow them to park for 12 hours, 24 hours, or four or seven consecutive days. Prices start at 95p.

Residents can’t get a permit if their car isn’t registered to the house they live. People with a company car can only get a permit if their firm sends a letter to the council explaining it is their only mode of transport.

Former Labour group leader Jim Patey introduced the first scheme when he was transport chief in 1999.