How to deal with Portsmouth’s parking problem has always been one of the biggest challenges in the city.
As more and more vehicles take to the streets on our densely-populated island, the outcome is inevitable.
Ultimately, if people want to help ease the city’s parking problem then they can contribute, where feasible, by using public transport instead
The search for precious parking spaces takes longer and longer and becomes more and more stressful.
But if we all want to remain behind the wheel, then we have to accept the consequences.
That’s the straight-talking view of Councillor Ken Ellcome, the man who oversees transport in Portsmouth.
On page 4 today we report how he responded to a Southsea motorist, who had written to him with concerns over congestion and against the backdrop of him permanently axing Southsea’s MB and MC parking permit zones.
In his reply, he said: ‘Most people, like you, seem to prefer to struggle to find a parking space rather than give up their cars’.
Criticised by his political opponents for being ‘out of touch’, he stuck to his guns, saying of those who complain about parking while having a car: ‘From my perspective they are part of the problem.’
Yes, some people will argue that they need their cars to get to work and that they don’t have the luxury of off-street parking.
But Cllr Ellcome does have a point. Ultimately, if people want to help ease the city’s parking problem then they can contribute, where feasible, by using public transport instead.
Incentives are needed though, so we certainly applaud a new scheme (see page 12) which gives First Portsmouth bus users two days of weekend travel for the price of one.
Anything that leads to an increase in bus usage and cuts the number of cars searching for somewhere to park has got to be welcomed.