I READ with interest in the Mercury that there are plans afoot to introduce a parking authority in Stamford in order to enforce the two-hour parking zones. I am sure that this is more about revenue making rather than anybody at Lincolnshire County Council being genuinely bothered about who parks where, and for how long, but that’s another matter.
My main gripe with this is that residents in the town will apparently not have the chance to request a residents’ parking permit.
Many people live in St Leonard’s Street, Bath Row, and Broad Street and the enforcement of the two-hour restrictions will have a serious effect on where these people can park. Why not look at making an exemption for residents?
I agree that we need to make spaces available for shoppers and visitors as we genuinely need to encourage people into the town centre, but surely residents should be able to park near their house? The issue is people who work in town are flouting the two-hour regulations.
Why not make Wharf Road car park £2 all day and encourage workers to park in there? Then keep the two hour zones free so that tourists who drive into town will be encouraged to stop rather than just driving through and muttering how nice it is, but they can’t park?
The same issue remains with people who drive into town for a bit of shopping from the suburbs. I know a few people who say that if they don’t find a space within 10 minutes on Broad Street, they will head off to a supermarket.
We do need to encourage these people to shop in town, so a solution needs to be found, but not one that is to the detriment of town centre residents.
St Leonard’s St
I was angered to read the comments of Lincolnshire county councillor William Webb in the Mercury on August 19. It is inexcusable for Lincolnshire County Council to refuse to consider setting up residents’ parking schemes before the introduction of the county council’s enforcement regime next year.
Sadly, this is yet another example of the county council’s highways department’s lack of accountability to Stamford’s needs.
It also appears that by making the adoption of any future schemes contingent upon South Kesteven District Council’s agreement and participation, the county council are deliberately making it difficult for any schemes to ever come to fruition.
For well over 10 years the residents of St Leonard’s Street (having no off-street parking) have enjoyed unrestricted parking on their street, and I am not aware of any complaints being made to either the police or the highways authority as a result of this.
I do not think that it is a big ask for all of the residents of our street to each be given a pass which exempts them from the two-hour parking restriction.
I’m sure that as residents, my neighbours and I would cover the minimal costs of producing these passes as an act of goodwill towards the county council’s highways department.
St Leonard’s Street