Decision to be made over parking scheme

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COUNCILLORS were set to decide today whether to approve plans for a new residents’ parking scheme.

As reported, the zone would take in 35 roads south of Jessie Road down to Albert Road, in Southsea.

The city council wants to implement part-time parking restrictions to stop commuters and work vans parking for long periods.

Originally, the plan was to make permits valid daily from 4pm and 6pm.

But the results from a public consultation into the plans show the majority of residents want permits in force from 6pm to 8pm, to ensure they can park when they get home from work.

So this is the recommendation that’s been put forward to the council’s cabinet.

But Conservative Councillor Luke Stubbs believes this will make things worse for residents living outside the zone – as more motorists will just end up parking there.

He also said it was disappointing that the new zone would not be using about 300 empty spaces which exist in the nearby MB Orchard Road scheme.

This is partly blamed on students parking elsewhere as their vehicles may not be registered to where they live.