Bring in low charges for short-term parking

Cars parked in Broad Street, Stamford. Photo: SM060911-022ow.jpg

Cars parked in Broad Street, Stamford. Photo: SM060911-022ow.jpg

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I AM writing in response to letters last week about residents’ parking in Stamford. I brought this to the attention of the highways department about a couple of years ago.

The outcome was that although they were ready to implement this, the town council were not willing to contribute any money to the scheme.

As suggested this would be an excellent scheme for Stamford and the council, as not only would it prevent everyone parking wherever it’s free so that they don’t use the proper parking sites which the council depend on for income, but it would also generate income as the residents would be asked to pay a fee annually for having a parking space accessible in front of their property.

The cost of implementing this scheme would soon be recovered by this income.

I would also like to suggest that short-period parking stations will be set up, especially in Broad Street where a fee of about 20p for 30 minutes and 30p for an hour would be levied for a maximum of an hour.

This would help in covering the cost of having someone to patrol the area one or two hours a day and fine any one who breaks the rules.

I have also noticed that very often there are quite large numbers of cars parked illegally in St Paul’s Street and this should be patrolled more often. The idea of the council raising parking fees in the present areas is putting off people from having to come to town and these should be made cheaper and more accessible for our town centre to flourish.

John Cilia

Ryhall Road, Stamford

AS a resident of St Leonard’s Street, I am annoyed about the scheme for enforcement of the two-hour parking restriction in the street.

Residents’ parking permits would be one answer, but we would then have to pay for parking even if it was not near our own homes (I have double yellow lines outside my house).

I agree with Richard Cleaver (letters, last week), that residents should have an exemption pass.

We would still have to pay for parking in the car park, as we do now when there is no space in the street.

The present situation works most of the time and I have always regarded the inconvenience of not having my own parking space as the price I pay for the privilege of living in the town centre.

If the car park charges were cheaper, there would be more visitors, less congestion in the street and therefore more income for local shopkeepers, who all need a helping hand to keep going in the present economic climate.

STELLA MACKNESS

St Leonard’s Street, Stamford