Parking permits for town centre streets?

A residents parking permit scheme is to be investigated further for the Duke Street area. What do you think? EMN-140710-123849001

A residents parking permit scheme is to be investigated further for the Duke Street area. What do you think? EMN-140710-123849001

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Further work will be carried out in the coming months to progress one of three residents parking schemes proposed for Sleaford.

After consulting householders in central Sleaford on their appetite for schemes that would restrict daytime parking in residential streets to only people who live or work in the immediate area, NKDC is now working up firm proposals for one of these.

North Kesteven District Council’s Executive Board will meet on Thursday (October 9) to consider a report suggesting formal consultation with residents and interested parties over introduction of a scheme for Duke Street, Kingston Terrace and Eastgate area.

Mark Taylor, Head of Environment and Public Protection at the council, said: “From our earlier work there appears to be a sound case for a scheme within the proposed limits for the Eastgate area, but because resident parking schemes can only be introduced with the consent of the majority of those directly involved, there needs to be a formal ballot of all affected residents.

“In advance of that there also needs to be further consultation on the proposal with the Town Council, police and emergency services and to propose a permit fee. All in all I would not anticipate any agreed scheme taking effect until the summer of 2015 at the earliest.”

As a guide for the consultation, the Executive will be asked to propose an annual fee of £25 per vehicle, which would permit parking in the area between 8am and 6pm. The restrictions would not apply outside those times. The permit fees would be expected to cover running costs for the schemes. It is estimated there are around 43 resident vehicles in the affected area, with assumption that 80 per cent would take up the permits.

In addition – and in response to resident requests - further work will be carried out on the feasibility and boundaries for possible schemes incorporating Leicester Street, Playhouse Yard and Westbanks and Albion Terrace, Handley Street, Boston Road and New Street. At present, a survey of these areas in isolation concludes deterring parking by non-residents in those locations may simply shift the problem elsewhere.