Residents continue to call for parking permit scheme to be introduced in Stamford

RESIDENTS have called on a council to come up with a parking permit plan before wardens are introduced.

Lincolnshire County Council submitted its application for powers to take over parking enforcement from the police to the Department for Transport on Monday.

Under the new powers the county council would be responsible for issuing fines to motorists who park illegally on the streets.

But Stamford residents are concerned they would be penalised for parking outside their own homes if two-hour time limits were enforced.

Some have written to the Mercury this week calling on South Kesteven District Council, which would be responsible for a residents’ parking scheme, to introduce permits.

In October the leader of the district council, Coun Linda Neal (Con), promised a residents’ parking plan would be drawn up.

Richard Cleaver lives in St Leonard’s Street and would be fined for parking outside his home for more than two hours under the new powers.

He said: “All year we have been getting promises from Linda Neal and we need more than that at this stage. We are looking for them to issue a clear road map for residents’ parking before the wardens come in.

“We are potentially six months away from civil parking enforcement and we have as yet seen nothing from South Kesteven District Council.”

Coun Neal said the district council was working hard to develop a plan. She said: “We are working with residents to introduce a viable, simple scheme which reflects local requirements whilst at the same time maintaining the commitment that any schemes introduced across the district would be cost neutral for local taxpayers.

“Once the preparatory work has been done the county council will consider the scheme and make a decision.”

County council wardens could be on the streets of Stamford by the autumn, but a permit scheme could take up to a year to introduce.