New Portsmouth roads sign up to permit-to-park scheme

PERMITS Some Stamshaw roads will have restrictions introduced
PERMITS Some Stamshaw roads will have restrictions introduced
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TWO new residents’ parking schemes have been approved – bringing the total number in Portsmouth to 31.

The city council’s transport leaders have accepted plans for schemes taking in 14 roads in the south of Stamshaw, and five in Fratton.

The scheme in Stamshaw south will apply in Knox Road, Lower Derby Road, parts of Stanley Road, Meyrick Road, Knox Road, Newcomen Road, Winstanley Road, Ranelagh Road, St Mark’s Road, Smeaton Street, Twyford Avenue, Simpson Road, St John’s Court and Stanley Road.

The council sent out 1,154 survey forms to homeowners in the roads, of which 34 per cent, 396, were returned.

Of those, 62 per cent, 245 people, said they wanted a scheme. Thirty three per cent said they did not. Five per cent indicated no preference.

But the scheme for Fratton, where the roads affected will be Telephone Road, Orchard Road, Manners Road, Talbot Road and parts of Francis Avenue, was passed only after several alterations and a concession from the council.

In a survey carried out in December last year, 986 forms were sent out by the council.

Three hundred were returned, and of those, 183, 61 per cent were in favour, while 98 people, 33 per cent, said they opposed a scheme. The rest had no preference.

But the council’s leader for traffic and transport, Cllr Jason Fazackarley, heard from business owners who were concerned the plan could affect their incomes.

Mark Battye, owner of Trojan Cars, a garage on Francis Avenue, had campaigned for changes to the original proposals.

He said: ‘We understand the wish for a scheme on the residential roads, but much of Francis Avenue is garages like mine, not houses. We need places to park vehicles we’re working on, and for staff to park. Where there aren’t houses, we should be able to park.’

Cllr Fazackarley agreed to the request, and said the scheme will operate on Francis Avenue only outside residential properties, on the side of the road where the houses are.

After the meeting, Mr Battye said: ‘I think he did the right thing. We’re happy as business owners.’

Under the schemes, car owners living on the roads each receive one permit for free.

A second costs £53.50 per year, and extra permits, if the council grants them, cost £107.50 each.

People who use a road for business can buy a first permit for £107.50 per year, a second for £215 and additional permits, if approved, cost £325 each.

People who park without a permit can be fined.

The first permit scheme was introduced in 1999, at Old Portsmouth,

Thirty more have since been introduced.

Lib Dem Councillor Lee Hunt said: ‘I voted against the first scheme, as I believed they’d have to be introduced everywhere or it would just move parking problems to new parts of the city.

‘We now have a block of schemes from Stamshaw all the way to the seafront, down the centre of the island.

‘But I don’t blame residents for wanting them. People want to be able to park near their houses.’