Tory group calls for overnight permits

A parking meter sign in The Hard in Portsmouth
A parking meter sign in The Hard in Portsmouth

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CALLS are being made to introduce low-cost annual parking permits to allow people to park in metered spaces overnight.

Portsmouth City Council’s Tory group have put out the message following the council’s decision to abolish free on-street parking after 6pm.

The decision was made at a mini-budget meeting at the council’s civic offices.

Charges have already been extended to midnight in the city centre and that will now be extended across the remainder of the city.

The council’s figures show the change will only raise £25,000, despite it applying to hundreds of spaces.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, the Tory group’s spokesman for traffic and transportation, wants the council to sell cheap annual tickets to give residents from nearby streets somewhere to park.

He said: ‘Extending parking charges in a weak economy is not the right way to go.

‘But if the council is determined to raise the extra revenue, it should offer an annual permit for say £20 that lets the holder park overnight in a particular area.’

‘Few shops are open overnight and so there’s not much commercial demand for parking after 6pm.’