Anger over plans to introduce fee at Portsmouth flats’ car park

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NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their anger over plans to introduce charges in a car park outside their block of flats.

Residents of Scott House, in Jervis Road, Stamshaw, Portsmouth, may have to end up coughing up £100 a year for a parking space.

There’s concerns the plans are set in stone because the council has taken down signs saying Scott House residents can park there for free.

Security gate have also been removed and bays have been renumbered.

Residents feel the council will make them shoulder costs lost through its resident parking schemes.

As previously reported, future parking zones have been put on the backburner because £120,000 a year is lost running the 34 ones already in place.

Councillor Ken Ferrett, of Nelson ward, said he was concerned about the way residents have been consulted about the changes – and wants council officials to meet them and address the situation.

He also wants a more thorough survey to be done – and was only told about the move after a resident emailed him about it at the weekend.

Cllr Ferrett said: ‘The residents were informed and asked for their views six days before Christmas, when most people have a lot of things going on and it’s easy to forget about things like a letter from the council. They then received a letter last Friday telling them that the new bays would be marked out on Monday.

‘As ward councillor I am also unhappy that nobody at the council informed me about this proposal and I only found out when a resident emailed me at the weekend.

‘There now seems to be a kind of “parking apartheid” in Portsmouth, those who have resident permit schemes, and those who now have no chance of ever getting one and instead will be subject to the kind of tactics that the residents of Scott House have experienced.’

Resident James Kirkpatrick, who has set up a petition, said: ‘Some residents have been told if the spaces are not rented then they will be offered to everyone, and we will be forced into the surrounding area to park our car free of charge and compounding the already overcrowded streets.’

Nelson ward councillors Jason Fazackarley and Leo Madden were due to meet the council’s housing team about the situation today.