OFFICIALS have turned to trimming yellow lines in a bid to increase the number of parking spaces in the city.
It comes as two surveys in Old Portsmouth and Southsea have found more than 160 spaces could be created as a result.
Council leader Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said about 139 spaces could be made in Old Portsmouth, with another 25 in Southsea.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘In Old Portsmouth people are concerned about car parking.
‘We have found, potentially, 139 car parking spaces.
‘Not all of them are deliverable – 43 are on the Westmark – the bit of land at the end of the Point.
‘It depends if they are happy for their land to be converted into a car park.
‘In the area north of the Kings Theatre we are looking at 25 spaces.’
He added yellow lines in the areas will be trimmed by around two or three feet.
Steve Elliott is team manager of highways and major projects at Portsmouth City Council.
He said the final number of spaces would be subject to legal, financial and technical issues and consultations.
And he said recent road layout changes means the council has re-examined Old Portsmouth to see if it could reduce on-street car parking restrictions.
In a statement, Mr Elliott said: ‘This will only be done if it does not compromise road safety or traffic flows.
‘These proposals are at a very early stage, they still need to be developed further and subject to a formal public consultation and road safety audits.
‘Officers have identified that some additional parking spaces could potentially be created on private land.’
Measures in Old Portsmouth could include removing double yellow lines, re-orientating parking bays, and amending road layouts and off-street parking.
He said potential spaces have been identified as green, amber and red – with green ones more easily created.
St Thomas ward councillor Les Stevens said parking in the middle of wide roads could be introduced, including in High Street and Gunwharf Road.
‘It’s unusual for Portsmouth, in London it’s par for the course,’ he said.
‘If the road’s wide enough then why not?’
But he added residents should lead any changes.
Cllr Stevens said: ‘They’re the ones that have got to put up with it.’