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Permit plan for Weston-super-Mare parking problems gets mixed response

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 October 2017

Cllr Robert Payne in Clifton Road.

Cllr Robert Payne in Clifton Road.

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A potential parking permit scheme for residents has received a mixed response among Mercury readers this week.

Weston-super-Mare town councillor Robert Payne believes people living near the centre of the town are finding it much more difficult to park in their own roads since civil parking enforcement (CPE) was taken over by North Somerset Council in April.

He said: “There are two distinct groups: those who live within the on-street charging zone, who in practice are prevented from parking near their homes; and there are those who live outside of the charging zone, who have to put up with unreasonable competition for parking spaces from those who seek to park just outside of town to avoid the charges.”

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Mercury readers have taken to social media to give their views on the proposal.

Lucy Cooper said: “I’d welcome a permit.

“Absolutely fed up of not being able to park outside my own property which is only two streets away from the mostly-empty metered street.”

Hannah Ives added: “We can’t park outside our own house because the college students are avoiding the parking meters by parking up on Weston hillside.

“If you have to pop out and back the space you had is gone and we’ve had to park three streets away because it is so bad.”

Other people were doubtful about any effect permits may have, pointing to the fact it has been tested elsewhere.

Stewie Goodhind Jr said: “It didn’t (work) in Bristol, why would it work anywhere else?

“If anything people without a driveway aren’t getting a fair choice because they are a captive audience, people with driveways have that choice so if they choose to park their car on the road they should have to pay residents parking.

“If they don’t, I believe it is an unfair practise targeting people for the sake of it when parking for all places should be available.

“Perhaps if residents got offered garages I would have a different opinion.”

Ian Lovell added: “Wouldn’t it be better if any profits from parking fines went to subsidise off-street car parks?

“Then, as they were cheaper to use, cars wouldn’t be parked on the streets as much and residents would be able to find parking nearer to their homes.”

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