Residents ‘will have to wait’ for parking scheme

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A councillor has told Stamford residents they will have to wait until the autumn for a residents’ parking scheme.

Lincolnshire County Council’s portfolio holder for highways and transportation Richard Davies (Con) made his comments in an open letter published online.

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He said the county council was working with South Kesteven District Council to implement a residents’ parking scheme in Stamford town centre. But he admitted it would take longer than first though.

Coun Davies, pictured left, said: “I know that many people were hoping that this scheme would be in place by April. I am afraid to say that it won’t be. Unfortunately, a number of delays at the district have meant that the county council has still not received a request to start the traffic regulation orders process. Until we do, our hands are tied.

“With a fair wind, we can have everything in place by the autumn. I know this will disappoint some people, but I want to be up-front and honest with you rather than unfairly raise your expectations. In the mean time, the temporary waiver that residents are currently using is, as you know, set to expire in March. I will make sure that this is extended accordingly so local people can still park without concern. I hope this will be of some comfort.

“As I have said, I am committed to seeing the introduction of residents’ parking in Stamford. I know local MP Nick Boles is too. Over the coming months, we will both do all we can to help the district council finish off the work they need to do. And once a request is made to the county council regarding the traffic regulation orders, I will make sure our officers deal with it as their upmost priority.”

Any residents’ parking scheme has to be drawn up by the district council before being approved by the county council. Residents have made repeated calls for a scheme since the county council took over on-street parking enforcement powers from the police in 2012.

Coun Davies full letter can be read on the Lincolnshire County Council website.