Campaigners call in decision to stop parking schemes in Southsea

Residents were furious after Portsmouth City Council agreed to suspend the two Southsea parking zones
Residents were furious after Portsmouth City Council agreed to suspend the two Southsea parking zones
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CAMPAIGNERS have stepped up their bid to overturn the decision to suspend two parking zones.

The decision to suspend Southsea’s MB and MC schemes is to go before a city council scrutiny panel after pressure was put on by ward councillors.

It comes after Cllr Ken Ellcome, Tory cabinet member for traffic and transport, made the decision on the basis the zones were affecting roads without restrictions.

It was found that those without parking permits in the zones, such as students and commuters, were leaving their vehicles elsewhere, resulting in residents having nowhere to park.

But those in the MB and MC catchment area have been left outraged, as they feel their lives have improved under a parking scheme, and no consultation over the move was carried out.

Lib Dem councillor Lee Hunt, who represents Central Southsea, has demanded the decision be looked at again.

The scrutiny meeting was due to be next Friday but it is now being held on Friday, August 29 after Cllr Hunt lobbied the council to ensure residents had more time to arrange turning up.

‘It gives everyone a better chance of being there,whereas before, we were only given seven working days notice of the earlier meeting date,’ he said.

‘I haven’t met anyone wants this suspension to happen. People are absolutely hopping mad about this.’

Meanwhile, a petition calling on Cllr Ellcome to reverse his decision and consider giving other areas parking zones has been signed more than 500 times.

But Alex Bentley, owner of Bentleys Bespoke Tailors, in Albert Road, said the MC zone has caused him problems being able to find a space to park after work.

‘For residents who have struggled to find a space to park in their area, the MC zone obviously helps,’ he said.

‘But my concern is it has given no help to businesses.’

The scrutiny management panel meeting will be chaired by Tory councillor Alistair Thompson at 3pm.

The panel will decide whether to refer the matter back to Cllr Ellcome to think over again or leave it as it is.

He said: ‘The committee can ask me what they want and we will go from there. I do not have undue stress by the fact Cllr Hunt is doing this. This is part and parcel of the procedures the council has got.’