Permit scheme finally ready to be rolled out

Parking in Stamford.
Parking in Stamford.

Stamford town centre residents will finally be able to buy parking permits after years of campaigning for an on-street scheme.

South Kesteven District Council will bring the Stamford residents parking scheme into force on February 1.

The council will make 244 permits available for residents and 81 for businesses within a central zone on a first-come, first-served basis from Monday.

Permits will costs £50 per year and can be used in any designated bay between 8am and 6pm Monday to Sunday. Residents will also be able to buy a book of 10 single use permits £15 to allow visitors or tradesmen to use the bays. Replacement permits would cost £5.

People without permits will still have to abide by the current two-hour limits.

People who own temporary on-street parking waivers or season tickets will be contacted by post on the new arrangements for the scheme.

Town centre residents have campaigned for years for a permit scheme. Steve Marsh, of Broad Street, is one of those who led the campaign.

He said he was very pleased the scheme was finally here and that it gave people a “permanent solution” to parking problems.

Mr Marsh added: “The campaign for resident parking has been going on for more than 10 years; there were times when we thought we would never see this day, so our thanks go to everyone (residents and council) who worked to make this happen.”

People can buy permits by calling 01476 40 64 04 during office hours. Permits will be available for collection before February 1 in person from the council’s Maiden Lane office in Stamford. Residents must bring their V5 vehicle form plus a household utility bill.