Residents tell of their concerns on parking across Stamford

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RESIDENTS have met with district councillors to discuss the possibility of parking schemes.

Several groups have formed across Stamford made up of people, who are concerned that once Lincolnshire County Council takes over parking enforcement, they will be given fines for parking outside their own homes.

The county council has applied to the Department for Transport to take over responsibility for enforcing parking restrictions from the police.

Under the new powers, the council would employ wardens to issue parking fines to those who break the current time limits.

Representatives of St Leonard’s Street and Brazenose Lane, St Peter’s Street, St Mary’s Street and Rutland Terrace are among those who have called for parking schemes to be introduced.

This would be the responsibility of South Kesteven District Council, with the permission of the county council. The county council has previously said it could not introduce a parking scheme for just one part of the county.

A representative from each street attended a meeting with the district council’s portfolio holder for economic development Frances Cartwright (Con).

Richard Cleaver, of St Leonard’s Street, said: “The council was very helpful in terms of clarifying the position and they listened to us. It was a positive meeting.”

Mr Cleaver said that the district council has still not decided how to go about putting a parking scheme in place. The district council also said each neighbourhood would have to apply for its own scheme and that people would have to pay towards the cost.

Mr Cleaver has now started a petition to make sure a parking scheme is something residents definitely want to see introduced.

So far, he has received 50 responses and hopes to get 70.

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Coun Cartwright said: “The meeting with residents went well and we were able to explain the process of civil parking enforcement and to find out what the ideal outcome would be for residents.

“We were able to explain that the district council cannot put in any resident parking schemes in place until the county council has civil parking enforcement in place.”