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Friday, June 13, 2014
Furious Great Yarmouth residents have slammed a new parking scheme as “wicked” saying it is unfair and will penalise them.
The parking shake up is due to come into force this summer and will allow visitors to leave their cars in permit-controlled residential roads for seven hours a day. The visitor spaces will cost £3 a day and be paid for through vouchers, sold from nearby newsagents.
Highway bosses have introduced the scheme in areas they say have “surplus” space during the day.
But angry residents have shot down the new system as they say space is already at a premium and they often struggle to find a spot outside their homes.
And they have blasted the council for “ignoring” them after scores of people objected to the proposal, which will affect parking on Apsley Road, Rodney Road, Albion Road, Russell Road, Crown Road and the corner of Kent Square and St George’s Road.
The roads are currently restricted to residents’ parking only - through the Zone A scheme - from 8am - 6pm. But under the plans visitors will be able to park from 9am - 4pm.
Carl Barron is a lifelong resident of Rodney Road and collected 63 signatures on a petition against the plans.
The 65-year-old retired painter and decorator said: “Everyone was furious about it. They have got all these signatures so how can they bypass the residents’ and people’s wishes?
“They’re nothing more than bureaucratic dictators. It’s a hell of a job getting a parking place now and they want to get more cars on there.”
Mr Barron said residents felt they were being penalised as they already have to pay for £40 for permits.
“If anyone can come along and park in my so-called road then that’s obsolete,” he added. “Why am I paying for a permit for someone else to come in? It’s a contradiction.”
Diane Kill, who has lived in Russell Road for 10 years, said parking
was so difficult in her road she has often had to leave her car streets away - and on one occasion in a pay and display car park.
“We have got the permit, to be penalised again for something we have already paid for is not fair,” she said. “Thousands has been spent on the seafront and parking, why have they got to come and park on residential streets?”
Mrs Kill, chairman of the Artillery Square Residents Group, said permit parking had been beneficial since it was introduced, but she did not believe the voucher scheme would fulfil parking bosses’ hopes of helping businesses.
She added: “They think they’re going to boost tourism, they’re not. All they’re doing is making residents angrier and angrier.”
The voucher parking is being brought in as a two year trial by Norfolk County Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
The authorities agreed to the scheme as they feel it would make better use of residents’ parking when space is available during the day, and say it will help subsidise permit costs in future.
Mick Castle, whose county council seat covers Zone A, stressed the voucher parking was a trial and would be monitored.
“We’re going to take note, if residents have real big problems there’ll be changes made but
it’s far too early to say,” he
added. “We certainly won’t be making it permanent unless it’s successful for both residents and visitors.”
Mr Castle said he “understood” those who had objected to the scheme as “change always seems a threat” but felt residents were still in a good position.
He added: “It’s only a very limited area and it’s one side of the road. And we’re still giving residents the edge over those spaces at peak rush hour times.”
If successful Mr Castle said the scheme - due to be introduced at the end of August - could be rolled out to other areas.