Council brings in new Portsmouth pay-and-display zones

Portsmouth City Council has swapped out free bays for ones with charges in a bid to generate more income
Portsmouth City Council has swapped out free bays for ones with charges in a bid to generate more income
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A WAVE of new pay-and-display parking areas have been introduced in Portsmouth to help drive up income.

Portsmouth City Council hopes to net an extra £84,400 a year through charging for spaces across the city which are currently free or come under a residents’ parking zone.

But concerns have been raised that the changes will not benefit residents and push more motorists into streets with no restrictions.

Parts of Queen Street, Portland Road, Gunwharf Road and Dugald Drummond Street, where anyone could park for a limited time, will now have fees introduced.

Pay-and-display is also coming to Bellevue Terrace, Henderson Road and South Parade and resident parking spaces opposite a car park in Nancy Road, Fratton, will come under the new rules.

Lib Dem Councillor Margaret Foster, who represents Charles Dickens ward, said she was concerned for residents living near Queen Street.

‘It will mean more people who come to Gunwharf Quays and the dockyard will have more space to park but it also means local residents miss out again,’ she said.

‘It encroaches on their parking spaces.’

Opposition was also raised during a consultation into the changes that charging in Portland Road would be unfair on parents picking up their children from nearby Portsmouth High School.

But council officers said the measure would help to increase the number of shopping visitors.

And they insisted resident permit holders in areas like Fratton and Cosham also have to abide by pay-and-display restrictions.

Disabled blue badge holders will be exempt from the restrictions provided their badge is on display.

Cllr Ken Ellcome, Tory cabinet member for traffic and transport, approved all of the changes.

He said: ‘This is an alternative to making cuts. The council has to make £13m worth of savings next year, and while £84,400 is a drop in the ocean, all of it adds up.’

Thirteen other roads that operated charges for 22 hours a day will become 24-hour to bring them in line with the majority of other areas.