Southsea parking zone extension plan met with backlash

The Orchard Road parking zone could be extended
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PLANS to extend a controversial residents’ parking zone in Southsea have caused outcry.

As previously reported, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet wants to extend the Orchard Road scheme down to Albert Road in a bid to tackle so-called displacement parking.

But council officers have warned it won’t change anything because visitors and residents who don’t qualify for a permit will just continue to keep parking in roads without restrictions.

Barbara Jones, 68, of Grenville Road, which would come under the new extension, said she doesn’t own a car and so wouldn’t be able to get a permit.

‘It’s grossly unfair that I wouldn’t be able to get one which I could give to a visitor,’ she said.

‘The problem is it will stop people visiting the area and older people will become more isolated.

‘It’s not worth turning up for one hour and 59 mins, and after that risk getting a fine. If I have to get scratchcards for my visitor, then it would cost me £350 a year.’

Selina Corkerton, co-owner of New Era Agency, a letting agency in Albert Road, said she would have problems taking clients to properties in areas where there are even more permit zones.

She said: ‘What happens at the moment is people go out to work and we arrive and put cars in and move out by the end of the day.

‘Having restrictions would affect us.’

Cllr Luke Stubbs, deputy Conservative group leader, has set up a petition against the move.

He said: ‘Parking is already tight in many of the roads to the south of Albert Road.

‘To dump all the surplus vehicles from the north of Albert Road into such an environment would cause chaos and would be deeply unfair.’

Ward councillors want to give residents who live just outside the zone’s boundaries scratchcards for a trial period lasting two years. A decision will be taken by the cabinet on Monday.

THE roads due to be included in the extension of the MB Orchard road scheme are: Jessie Road, Esslemont Road, Londesborough Road, Sutherland Road, Talbot Road, Ventnor Road, Bramble Road, Heyward Road, the south end of Fawcett Road, Holland Road, Addison Road, Havelock Road, Livingstone Road, Lorne Road, Francis Avenue, Chetwynd Road, Darlington Road, Norman Road, Harold Road, Trevor Road, Graham Road, Wyndcliffe Road, parts of Northcote Road, Wheatstone Road, Edmund Road and Delamere Road, and all of Heidelberg Road.

A maximum of 1,148 spaces are available in the existing zone and 737 parking permits have been issued