Stamford residents dominate parking policy consultation

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HALF of the responses to a consultation on a new parking policy came from Stamford residents.

Lincolnshire County Council consulted people on its plans to take control of parking powers from the police, meaning it would then be responsible for issuing parking fines.

The county council received 133 responses during the consultation, of which 66 came from people living in Stamford who were requesting residents’ parking schemes.

People in Stamford have previously spoken out against the plans because they fear they will be penalised for parking outside their homes if a two-hour time limit is enforced.

Coun William Webb (Con), who is responsible for highways and transport, said: “Although we didn’t get a huge response to the draft parking policy consultation, most came from Stamford residents.

“Other comments were made on the general policy proposals for residents parking schemes and also on specific local street parking conditions.

“Parking is an issue that some people do feel strongly about and we’re grateful that residents took the time and trouble to get in touch.”

The county council is putting together a draft policy on its plans for parking, which will be considered on Monday by the highways, transport and technology scrutiny committee.

Lincolnshire would be the last county in the country to take on parking responsibility. The Department for Transport would have to approve the policy before it came into force, which takes 20 weeks.

It is expected the county council would take control for parking from next autumn.

The county council has previously said it would not introduce a residents’ parking scheme for South Kesteven or any other district.

But South Kesteven District Council said it would bring in residents’ parking scheme, if the county council’s parking policy was adopted.