RESIDENTS are to lose their parking zone – despite the results of a consultation revealing the majority didn’t want it taken away.
Portsmouth City Council has placed under review all areas of the city where people have to display a permit or visitor pass to park.
It may be just a small number who responded, but I couldn’t just have left it as three for and three against.Portsmouth Tory traffic boss Ken Ellcome
The authority is to only keep parking zones in areas where a majority of people agree to pay £30 for their first permit.
And at a meeting last night, Tory traffic boss Ken Ellcome decided to do away with permits in Farmlea Road, Paulsgrove – even though only six people responded to the consultation and half said they would pay to keep the zone.
A report recommended the zone should be taken out based on ‘previous survey results’ where two-thirds of residents had been against a £30 charge. Officers said ‘professional judgment’ had also been taken into account regarding the decision.
The first survey involved a card being posted through residents’ doors, but the second survey, which was a formal traffic regulation order, was only posted on lampposts to advertise the possible change.
Cllr Ellcome said: ‘Part of the previous consultation was whether or not they were prepared to pay for the first permit, and more people responded to that and said they didn’t want to. There’s no point in me forcing something on people who aren’t prepared to pay for it.’
When asked if people realised they had to respond to another consultation, Cllr Ellcome said: ‘We always advertise traffic orders in the same way.
‘The fact that Farmlea Road is not a large road, people would have seen the signs and known how to respond.
‘It may be just a small number who responded, but I couldn’t just have left it as three for and three against.
‘Whatever we do, three people will be unhappy.’
It was decided that parking zones AA Newbolt Road and JD Portsea North would stay after the majority of residents wanted them kept.
But Cllr Donna Jones, Tory council leader, has questioned why only a batch of the city’s parking zones are being decided upon at one time.
It comes after she overruled Cllr Ellcome and scrapped a bus lane at the bottom of the M275 to ease congestion earlier this year.
She said: ‘The £30 charge should be implemented all at once and I will be reviewing the decision.’
Cllr Ellcome hit back saying he ‘didn’t have the resources’ to sort out all of the zones in one go.