South Kesteven District Council defends methods on parking permit survey

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A council has defended the results of a questionnaire about parking permits after residents criticised the methods it used.

South Kesteven District Council sent a survey to homes and businesses in Stamford town centre asking whether they would be in favour of paying for permits to park on streets in one of five zones.

The council said a scheme would only be put in place if 50 per cent of residents and businesses without off-street parking in each zone said they were in favour of one.

None of the five zones passed the required threshold.

But some residents in areas where on-street parking is restricted were angry about the council’s methods.

Their main objection was the council looked at the number of residents rather than the number of respondents. In some streets such as St Leonard’s Street and Broad Street the percentage of respondents in favour of a scheme was high.

Steve Marsh, of Broad Street, said: “Indeed there are individual streets where the majority are in favour of a scheme.

“The district council has decided these are too small to be cost effective but not said anything about what they intend to do instead.

“We urge the district and county councils to reconsider our original proposal - a waiver exempting residents from the one and two hour restrictions.”

The district council has not confirmed any plans to look at alternative parking solutions.

Property development manager Neil Cucksey said: “The analysis some residents may have seen is of a breakdown of results on street level that showed the total number of responses received.

“The agreed criteria, however, was to view each zone and the figures for each zone reflect the percentage of respondents without off street parking willing to pay for a permit.

“The questionnaires were sent to all properties within each zone to take into account all views from property owners.

“The majority in each zone did not vote in favour of a parking scheme to be proposed.”