Town centre parking waivers to be extended

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Town centre residents who paid for a waiver to park on the road will be able to keep their permits until a parking scheme is introduced.

South Kesteven District Council revealed this week that parking waivers in Stamford would be extended free of charge until the end of the year.

The council has been working with residents to come up with an on-street parking scheme for months. But the implementation of the scheme is still some way off.

Paid-for parking waivers issued after Lincolnshire County Council took over on-street parking enforcement in November 2012 were due to run out at the end of the month.

The district council’s head of property development Neil Cucksey said a process had to be followed and these arrangements would cover the intervening period.

He added: “We are now at the stage where the traffic regulation orders are ready to go to the county council and approval normally takes about 25 weeks from the point of submission.

“So we think it would be wise to extend the current arrangements free of charge until the end of the year (December 31) and we will be posting them out to all existing users of the permit system.”

New applications from people in the permit zone will be charged at £58 for a waiver which will also be valid until December 31.

Mr Cucksey said: “This approach is designed to ensure that people who join the scheme now pay the pro-rata price of that paid by people who joined a year ago, which means that everyone is being treated as fairly as we possibly can.”

Last week Lincolnshire county councillor Richard Davies (Con), who is responsible for highways, published an open letter to Stamford residents.

In it he apologised for delays to the residents’ parking scheme but said Stamford would have to wait at least until the autumn to have on put in place.

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 2012.