There is no quick fix to this problem of parking

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It’s not hard to see why Mark Battye isn’t happy about plans to introduce a parking permit scheme in parts of Southsea.

He is worried about how his business will cope and we sympathise with him.

Local motor traders like him rely on parking cars at the side of the road, but he argues that a permit scheme would effectively put an end to that.

The issue of match day parking for those who rely on getting to Fratton Park by car has also been raised.

Anyone who goes to see Pompey play regularly will know that it has become increasingly difficult to park a car near the ground.

Of course, there is a car park at Fratton Park. But it is owned by Sacha Gaydamak and some fans aren’t prepared to pay what they consider a king’s ransom to use it.

In many ways this question of residents’ parking schemes is an interminable problem.

We understand why people living in many of this city’s streets want permits to be introduced. Although the days of thinking it’s your right to be able to park outside your home are long gone, residents will understandably be frustrated when they cannot even find a space in the next street. Or perhaps even a couple of streets away.

Meanwhile visitors to the city feel that they should also be able to park on the road side without coming across a ring of permit schemes that make it impossible.

Public transport is the only viable alternative to the car. But the truth of the matter is that the bus or train does not suit everyone’s needs.

We do not pretend there is an easy answer. We have sympathy with Mr Battye and the other traders, as well as the residents who can’t find a parking place near their homes and the visitors who find schemes such as these restrictive.

The best we can hope for is that the city council deals with each parking scheme on a case-by-case basis.

And that it assesses the needs of all those involved, while ensuring that we don’t end up with so many schemes that Portsmouth becomes inaccessible.