A residents’ parking scheme could be in place in Stamford by the end of the year after several years of campaigning.
On Monday Lincolnshire County Council approved the changes to traffic orders needed for the scheme to come into effect.
It is now back in the hands of South Kesteven District Council, who will administer the permits, to take the final steps to implement the scheme.
The county council’s executive member for highways and transport Richard Davies (Con) said: “Stamford residents have been asking for a form of residents’ parking for upwards of 10 years, so we’re pleased to work with the district council to support this.
“Not only will this arrangement make things much easier for local people and businesses, but it will allow visitors to continue making the most of historical Stamford’s many attractions.”
Although the scheme will be run by the district council, the county council as the highways authority first had to approve changes to existing regulations.
Councillors agreed to change waiting restrictions with dual use bays in many streets.
Once the scheme is in place, people living in the defined zone will be able to buy a permit for £50 per year. This will allow them to park in any designated bay for as long as they wanted between 8am and 6pm.
Residents will also be able to buy a book of 10 single use permits £15 to allow visitors or tradesmen to use the bays. Replacement permits would cost £5.
People without permits will still have to abide by the current two-hour limits.
The scheme will be reviewed in 12 months.
The district council’s property development manager Neil Cucksey said: “Now that the traffic regulation orders have been accepted, the two councils will produce a report on operating conditions, which will set out the rules of the scheme that will be applied to people wanting a permit.
“This will include a map of residents’ parking zones. We hope to have this complete by the end of the year.”
Steve Marsh, of Broad Street, is one of a number of residents who have spent years campaigning for a residents’ parking scheme.
He said: “This is a major step towards getting a formal parking scheme in place in Stamford. It has taken over 10 years to get this far, but it now looks certain that we will get a scheme from the start of 2015.
“That said, we still need to campaign for the streets that have missed out in this consultation but this will be easier now we have a proper scheme.”
Although the details have yet to be formally confirmed, the residents’ parking zone can be seen at www.southkesteven.gov.uk.