End in sight for Stamford parking permit fight

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A residents’ parking scheme for Stamford could be finalised by the end of the year after positive talks between campaigners and councils.

People living in Stamford town centre have been fighting to get parking permits for residents since Lincolnshire County Council took over parking enforcement powers from police in December.

South Kesteven District Council’s original plans for a five-zone permit scheme were dropped in March after a poor response to a public consultation.

But campaigners, led by Broad Street resident Steve Marsh, went to both councils with a new single zone scheme which appears to have been taken on board.

Mr Marsh said: “They came back to us to say they were working on one revised zone and were taking it through the council. The district council was going to try and approach the county council to see if they were happy with it.

“We should hear something by the end of September.”

The issue was raised at a Stamford Town Council meeting on Tuesday. Coun Harrish Bisnauthsing (Lib Dem), who is also a district councillor, said an agreement between residents and the district council had been reached.

He said the single zone would go as far north as Radcliffe Road and New Cross Road, east to Conduit Road and Brazenose Lane, south to Water Street and west to Stamford station and Queen’s Walk.

Coun Bisnauthsing said providing the scheme got enough support from residents and was signed off by the county council it could be in place by January next year.

Mr Marsh said: “The fact they are looking for solutions is really encouraging. We are really pleased they are listening to us. It’s not just that they are listening, they also seem minded to find a solution.”

Residents have been displaying posters calling for a residents’ parking scheme for months. But after recent discussions have proved positive, the posters have been changed to thank the district council for listening.

Campaigners will be going door-to-door to speak to town centre residents to ensure that when the revised scheme goes to consultation the public response is more favourable.

In the meantime people who paid for a temporary on-street parking permit or season ticket for the car parks have had their tickets extended until March 31 next year. The tickets will cease earlier if a residents’ parking scheme is determined before then.

The permits allow residents to park in car parks or outside their homes without fear of getting a fine. People can purchase new waivers from the district council offices in Maiden Lane, Stamford, if they don’t have one already.

The district council’s property development manager Neil Cucksey said: “We are awaiting feedback from resident groups through the existing channels and looking to promote a scheme to the county council before the end of the year.”