Future of Southsea parking zone will go out for consultation

CHANGES ON THE WAY? Talbot Road, Southsea
CHANGES ON THE WAY? Talbot Road, Southsea
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DISAPPOINTED residents won’t find out until next year whether a controversial residents’ parking zone will be extended or scrapped.

Portsmouth City Council decided at a public meeting that the future of Southsea’s Orchard Road scheme will go out for public consultation – and wants people to suggest areas where extra on-street car parking spaces could be introduced.

The results won’t be collected until January and any changes would be made a month later.

But some neighbours were unhappy that action isn’t being taken now, and feel doing another survey will just be a waste of money.

Barbara Jones, 68, of Grenville Road, said: ‘My area has suffered three surveys since 2005 at £20,000 a time.

‘What a waste. The Flagship questionnaire and the three surveys done in 2012 in the areas south, east and west of MB zone showed that there was no convincing will from residents to have more zones introduced.’

While opinion was divided, with some calling for the scheme to be scrapped and others for it to be rolled out where they live, everyone felt strongly that the current situation was not good enough.

Brian Mccreesh, of Havelock Road, said he was in favour because he’s fed up with problems with so-called displacement parking.

‘The displacement of cars means if you getting any work done on your house, it’s real logistical problem to try to get some space for a van to unload bricks.’

Phil Wright, also of Havelock Road, said: ‘I think the decision was a foregone conclusion.

‘The council has talked about the need for extra parking spaces, yet some of the parking zones are practically empty.’

The council wants to know whether the zone should be expanded further south down to Albert Road.

Residents outside the boundaries of the proposed scheme will also be asked whether they want to be in a zone or have part-time restrictions instead.

Other councillors suggested the current zone should be suspended to see whether it would have a positive effect – but council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said people living within the current zone generally supported it because they could get a parking space.