Thousands of leaflets have been distributed across Portsmouth about the future of residents’ parking zones.
The city council is asking residents if they want to pay £30 a year to keep their permit entitling them to a space in an area with restrictions – or have it taken away.
Parking zones don’t do the business and to be charged for a scheme that isn’t working isn’t fair.Fratton resident Richard Lines
The original plan was to impose a £40 yearly charge – but council officials predict the scheme can be delivered more cheaply. The authority has decided it is abolishing free residents’ parking permits altogether in a bid to save £380,000. People are not being given the option of keeping a free pass – a move described as ‘blackmail’ by campaigners.
Richard Lines, 65, of Manchester Road, Fratton, has decided he wants the zone in his area removed because it has not improved parking.
‘I never wanted it in the first place and more and more people in the area require two or more cars.
‘Parking zones don’t do the business and to be charged for a scheme that isn’t working isn’t fair.
‘We shouldn’t have to pay for it.’
Councillor Ken Ellcome, Tory cabinet member for traffic and transport, said: ‘We re-examined the cost and want to do it as cheaply as possible.
‘It’s not about making a profit, it’s about recouping our costs.
‘Residents get a benefit from being able to park in an area with the exception of others and we cannot provide that benefit for free any more.’
To complete the parking survey online, visit portsmouth.gov.uk and search for residents’ parking.