Stamford residents call for parking permits

MORE than two thirds of the residents living in two Stamford streets are calling on the county council to introduce a permit parking scheme.

Richard Cleaver, of St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, is concerned a two-hour parking limit on his street and Brazenose Lane will be enforced if Lincolnshire County Council takes on responsibility for civil parking enforcement.

He contacted his neighbours living in the streets asking if they would back his proposition to ask the council to allow each household which has no off-street parking to have a single permit making them exempt from the two-hour limit.

Of the 60 people he posted it to, 42 have replied backing his proposotion.

Mr Cleaver, who has lived in St Leonard’s Street since 1997, said: “There has been a two-hour parking limit here since I moved in but it has never been strictly enforced and if it was to be, it would cause considerable inconvenience.

“We are just politely asking the council to consider the request.”

Mr Cleaver is also attempting to contact residents in other parts of the county to see if such a scheme would be helpful there. He thinks the council would only consider a county-wide solution.

Another group has been formed called Stamford Action for Residents Parking, known as Starp, made up of people living in St Peter’s Hill, Austin Street and Rutland Terrace.

The group wants a residents’ parking scheme.

The two groups differ because Starp wants permits to be valid everywhere in the town but Mr Cleaver said permits should only be for people to park outside their own houses.

The council is consulting on its draft parking policy and consultations ends on September 30.

If approved, the council will apply to the Department of Transport in December to take over parking enforcement powers from the police. The scheme would come into force in June.

Lincolnshire is the last county in the country to take on parking enforcement and this is a requirement on the county council by the Government to reduce congestion in town centres.

Mr Cleaver plans to present the responses he has received to the council before the consultation ends.

To view the parking policy or respond to the consultation visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parkingpolicy, phone 01522 553053 for a hard copy or write to Parking Policy Consultation Response, Communities, 4th Floor, City Hall, Lincoln LN1 1DN.