No plans for resident parking permits as hundreds of fines are handed out for poor parking
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:58 11 April 2017
A resident parking permit scheme for Weston-super-Mare will not be reviewed in the immediate future, it has been decided.
North Somerset Council took over responsibility for civil parking enforcement (CPE) last Monday, meaning it has powers to fine people for leaving cars on double yellow lines or in bus stops. In total, 709 tickets were handed out during the first week of CPE.
Weston’s Liberal Democrat councillors said this was a good opportunity for the authority to review parking permits for residents, both in the car parks and on-street parking.
On-street car parking charges rose at the end of March from £1 to £1.30 to park for an hour, while car park charges also increased last year.
Cllr Mike Bell called on the council to start reviewing parking permits by November.
He said: “We are all coming to it from the perspective of being in favour of CPE.
“A balance must be fairly struck between the needs of residents and the council.
“We have the introduction of pay and display in the town centre and CPE while at the same time, nothing has been done to address any of the issues of parking capacity, or parking permits.
“Problems for people living in the town centre are only going to get worse.”
But Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, who has responsibility for highways, said parking schemes will not be reviewed in the immediate future.
He said: “There’s a view from the opposition we should be introducing residents parking, but one of the problems with that is there are more residents owning cars in the middle of Weston than there are spaces.
“It would not be free, so people would be paying for a permit but would still not be able to park outside their house.
“Most of the commuters using the spaces are North Somerset residents, coming from other parts of North Somerset to work in Weston.
“Providing they are not causing an obstruction, why should they not be able to park on the highway? People do not have a right to park in a space on the piece of highway outside their own house.
“We need to look carefully at the impact of commuter car parking before we decide to make any decision.”
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