Town parking charges given green light

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 August 2012

The changes will come into force on October 1

The changes will come into force on October 1

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ON-STREET parking charges and a residents’ permit scheme will be introduced on streets in Weston’s town centre after North Somerset Council’s executive voted the plans through.

At its meeting yesterday (Tues) the executive gave the green light to proposals that have been fiercely opposed by residents from the affected areas since they were announced earlier this year.

The scheme will now come into effect on October 1 and will see parking meters introduced on 27 streets in the town.

Charges will start at 20p for a 20-minute stay and continue with a £1 charge for one hour and £2.40 for two hours.

A residents’ permit scheme will also be introduced, with the first permit costing £31 annually and the second £62.

It is effective from 9-10am and 5-6pm daily.

As reported in last week’s Mercury, residents from the affected areas have been critical of the scheme, with some concerned about the pricing of the residents’ permits, and others saying it will discourage people from visiting the town centre.

But speaking at yesterday’s meeting, executive member Tony Lake said: “It will actually encourage people to come to shop in Weston - particularly with a road like the Boulevard where it is virtually impossible for people to park.”

Fellow executive member Elfan Ap Rees said: “We need to get this going and we need to see how it goes on and be able to tweak it as we go along.

“The businesses and people of Weston want to see a turnover of parking spaces in the town.”

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