Council wants to offer helping hand to fed-up drivers

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FREE parking permits could be given to neighbours who live near a congested parking zone.

Portsmouth City Council wants to help those who have been affected by the problems with the MB Orchard Road resident parking scheme in Southsea.

Drivers who don’t qualify for a permit in that area have been leaving their cars parked near roads that don’t have any restrictions.

Problems could also be reduced by including more roads in the scheme.

The council wants to make improvements to its 34 parking zones, despite not having the money to introduce more. As previously reported in The News, the authority has shelved plans for schemes put forward during a public consultation last year because it’s losing £120,000 a year running them all.

No profits are made when money is spent on public consultations, parking signs and hiring wardens.

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for traffic and transport, said: ‘We are to seek the introduction of discretionary permits for the availability of residents in roads close to the proposed extended MB scheme.

‘This is only for the MB scheme outlying areas because of the particular displacement problems this scheme has caused.’

Councillor Lee Hunt, who represents Southsea, has persuaded the council to put money aside for an extra scheme in Southsea.

If it is accepted then it would cover Jessie Road down to Albert Road, and go west from Francis Avenue to Lawrence Road. Streets south of Stansted Road to Campbell Road would be included.

‘Issues like this I don’t think will ever be sorted,’ Cllr Hunt said.

‘I warned nearly six or seven years ago that when we started off down this route it would open up a can of worms. So now people like me are having to take the effect of that.

‘We are looking to invest at least. We are thinking again and trying to find proper resolutions to residents’ parking.

‘We don’t make money doing this. When we put up parking signs people generally obey the rules.’

The proposed schemes that were scrapped were in Albert Road, Dean Road and Pervin Road, Cosham, Knowsley Road, Cosham, Station Road area, Copnor, Widley Court Drive, Cosham, Fratton North and Gatcombe Avenue area, Copnor.