A SOUTHSEA pub landlady says she was left ‘angry’ at being told to pay for a business permit to park her car outside her home.
Louise Bastable, landlady at the Golden Eagle pub in Delamere Road, was refused a free residential permit and told to pay £107.50 for a business permit – despite her home address being the pub.
She also says the introduction of restricted parking between the hours of 5pm to 7pm will have a knock-on effect on her business.
‘Last Saturday we received a letter from the council as a reply to our application saying that our vehicle is registered at our business address so therefore they could not issue us with a residential permit,’ Louise explained.
‘Our business address and our residential address are the same. We live and work in the pub.
‘I pay business rates for the pub and the council tax for the flat. I tried to explain that to them. They said my vehicle is registered to my business address.
‘I said yes, because it is the same as my residential address.
‘They said they are unable to distinguish between the two.’
Louise has now been told by the council she must reregister her vehicle’s address with the DVLA to include the word ‘flat’ before she can be issued with a residential parking permit.
‘I run a very good community pub and I don’t have time to do that,’ she said.
‘If I just paid business rates for my pub and didn’t give them council tax as well I would have just taken it with a pinch of salt.
‘As I pay council tax as well for my accommodation, I want to be able to park outside my home.’
Louise said she knows of another landlord in the same predicament.
Michael Robinson, the council’s parking operations manager, said: ‘Parking permits are for vehicles. At the moment the vehicle is registered to the business, so a business permit applies.
‘In the meantime, to give them time to contact the DVLA, we’ve sent them a free six-week temporary resident’s permit.’