Fears parking permits would be bad for business

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SHOP owners in Southsea have warned they could go out of business if plans to introduce parking permits in the area go ahead.

Portsmouth City Council has posted surveys to Southsea homeowners to see if they would be in favour of a permit scheme.

The move would mean residents and businesses could only park if they displayed a permit.

Residents would get their first free but firms are unhappy because they would have to pay.

They say they will not be able to cover the cost of staff parking their cars at work.

A businesses first permit would cost £107.50, a second would cost £215 and any more would be £325 each.

People have until August 22 to decide if they want the scheme in their area.

Roads that would be affected include Brandon Road, Victoria Road South, Collingwood Road and Duncan Road.

Terry Spice, 64, owner of Cottage Cafe on Victoria Road South, said: ‘I wouldn’t be able to afford to cover it. I would end up going out of business.’

Vincent Faithfull, 44, owner of A and V Trade Sales, said: ‘I wouldn’t make my staff pay for it out of their wages.

‘It’s going to affect revenue but I would have no choice but to keep my business open. I have to put food on the table.’

But Chloe Lihou, 23, who works for John Lewis, Palmerston Road, said: ‘Permits would be a good idea when the football is on because fans wouldn’t take up spaces where residents live.’

Green Tree, 81, from Hamilton Road, added: ‘It would be a very good idea.

‘It’s very difficult to park near your home because of all the visitors that come to Southsea.’

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: ‘Permit parking is one way to fight the difficult situation of parking in Portsmouth. If the majority of residents vote in favour of the scheme we will arrange a public meeting and decide then if it goes ahead.’