Victory for public as council dismiss parking changes

JUST THE TICKET Plans to put in more parking meters have been scrapped
JUST THE TICKET Plans to put in more parking meters have been scrapped
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RESIDENTS are toasting victory after plans to put in more parking meters across Portsmouth were thrown out.

At the Portsmouth City Council traffic and transportation cabinet meeting, Councillor Jason Fazackarley decided it was not in the public interest to place more parking meters in city centre areas and on car parks in the north of the city.

A public consultation was held and many people voiced objections which would have seen 15 streets have new parking charges applied and two off-street car parks.

But after much consultation, Councillor Fazackarley dismissed the suggestions.

He said: ‘The officers came forward with the suggestions that would have seen lots of areas come under new parking charges.

‘A lot of these have already come before the cabinet and been rejected.

‘This isn’t simply to make the council money because the council cannot do that.

‘As councillors, it is important that we listen to the people we represent.’

Roads that could have seen parking charges include Bellevue Terrace, Henderson Road, St Helen’s Parade and South Parade.

Dugald Drummond Street, Gunwharf Road, Portland Road and Queen 
Street would have seen parking change from limited waiting to pay and 

Lake Road and sections of South Parade would have been changed from no waiting at any time to pay and display.

And finally, High Street in Old Portsmouth, Nancy Road and Sevenoaks Road would have gone from residents’ parking to pay and display.

Off-street car parks at Farlington playing fields and Portsbridge Road would have seen charges introduced from Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4pm, with a charge of 50p per hour.

Councillor Ken Ellcome, who represents Drayton and Farlington ward was particularly against the Farlington playing fields having charges introduced.

He said: ‘The council would have to spend money making the car park adequate if they were to introduce meters.

‘It would affect all the people who work on the industrial estate on the Walton Road as there is nowhere to park along there and public transport is not frequent enough.’

Councillor Rob Wood, who opposed parking on High Street, added: ‘It’s fantastic that we have listened to residents.’