RESIDENTS have spoken of their outrage after two Southsea parking zones were suspended.
Councillor Ken Ellcome, Portsmouth City Council’s Tory cabinet for traffic, has lifted part time restrictions on 35 roads south of Jessie Road and a full time scheme nearby.
He did so as he believes both schemes have caused major problems with displacement parking, and a proper traffic strategy needs drawing up.
But residents living in the two MB and MC zones were left outraged as they feel their lives have improved dramatically since living under a permit scheme and have had a chance to park.
Some shouted at Cllr Ellcome and pointed fingers at him after he took his decision, resulting in the politician adjourning the rest of the meeting for 10 minutes to try and calm the atmosphere down.
John Groom, 64, who lives within the MC zone, said: ‘I am absolutely fuming. Before the scheme started we would have to drive around at night for a parking space.’
Roger Shepherd, 70, also of MC, said: ‘It’s a disgrace. The council has done this in an underhand way. Everybody in the room was against this.’
Lib Dem councillor Lee Hunt, who represents the Central Southsea ward, blasted the move as a political one as other resident parking zones in the area with Tory councillors was not being touched.