Stamford residents’ parking scheme to be extended
The residents’ parking scheme in Stamford will be extended after a successful first year, with an extra 150 permits made available.
The town centre scheme was introduced this time last year after a long campaign by residents.
The initial allocation of 244 residents’ permits, priced at £50, sold out quickly, with all 81 business permits also being sold.
South Kesteven District Council placed 150 people on the waiting list for permits. And after the scheme proved successful in 2015, the council has decided to offer permits to everyone on that list.
Council leader Bob Adams (Con) said: “The scheme has been a great success and now we have had the chance to evaluate it, we think the time is right to open it up to more users.
“And the good news continues, because we are now planning to look at whether we can expand the scheme to a wider area. We are planning to start work on this in about six months when we can see what the affect of adding another 150 permits has been.
“So far our research has shown that a maximum of almost 55 per cent of parking permits are being used at any one time and the new arrangements are working well.”
The scheme operates in the town centre and existing permits are valid until February 1. Those who already hold a permit should wait until they receive a renewal letter, which will give a number to call so the application can be dealt with over the phone. Callers will need to have their credit or debit card handy so the payment can be made.
If anyone who has an existing permit has not been contacted by February 1 they should continue to display their existing permit which will be valid until the end of February to give people time to renew.
People currently on the waiting list will be contacted by phone to be offered a permit. Residents on the waiting list should not ring in themselves.
Steve Marsh led the residents’ campaign for a parking scheme. He said: “We are pleased that the council is increasing the number of residents’ parking permits; we always believed that limiting the number of permits issued was unnecessary.
“Much of the pressure on areas just outside the parking zone will have been because residents on the waiting list needed to park somewhere so this will help residents inside and outside the parking zone.
“The extension of existing permits to the end of February means that anyone who can’t renew their permit because, say, they are away on holiday won’t be penalised.
“The council has also promised to look at the operation of the scheme, as we know there are a few areas where things need to be improved, and we expect this review to commence in the next couple of months.”