Portsmouth residents make stand against parking move

The mechanical issue also led to a disturbance yesterday. Picture: Wightlink

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THE suspension of two parking schemes is staying in place despite pleas against the decision.

Frustrated residents took a petition with more than 2,000 signatures against the lifting of the MB and MC schemes to the full council in the hope they would be listened to.

But Councillor Ken Ellcome, Tory cabinet member for traffic and transport, said he was standing by the move he made due to the effects the zones had elsewhere on roads with no restrictions.

He acknowledged residents benefiting from parking schemes, but said a city-wide parking review had to happen to ensure a fair deal for all.

MC zone resident Briony Boydell said there was a ‘huge issue’ with parking and she has to trawl the streets late at night for a space because motorists have taken advantage of no restrictions.

‘It’s not unusual to come back from work and you have to drive around in ever widening circles for 20 minutes, half an hour,’ she said.

Southsea resident Matt Smart argued the council had acted unlawfully because parking signs had been removed before the suspension came into force.

But Allan Tudor, who lives near Albert Road, in an area known as North Kings, said the introduction of MC led to his area becoming a ‘dumping ground’ for taxis, trailers and work vans.

Southsea GP Nick Moore said: ‘What we have had doesn’t work for all.

‘I have got sympathy for people in the zones, but they have to work for everybody.’

Lib Dem Central Southsea ward councillor Lee Hunt said the administration had also dismissed parking surveys carried out surrounding MB and MC.

‘The truth is, for some unfathomable reason, this administration has needlessly upset thousands of people,’ he said.

‘There is no reason for it.’

Tory councillor Linda Symes said the Lib Dems had made a ‘political game’ out of the situation and everyone had to be taken into account.

Cllr Ellcome insisted his decision was not politically motivated. ‘The administration understands this decision disappointed many residents, and it was a very difficult decision to make,’ he said.

‘We understand it had benefited some, but was to the detriment of others in the surrounding areas.

‘The administration has not scrapped these zones.’

Meanwhile, Cosham campaigner Kirstine Impey said residents were still waiting on parking schemes promised to them.

It comes after Cosham’s Labour ward councillor Aiden Gray blasted the previous Lib Dem-run council for rushing through the MC scheme before the local elections this year.