Eastleigh Borough Council have announced they propose to charge £ 30 for residents parking permits.
Currently the first vehicle is free of charge with a second permit costing £50 and a third £100 (plus a £25 inspection fee) however all new applications for a first permit will cost £30 in future.
There are no plans to charge current holders of a free permit at the moment but fees for a second permit will now go up to £60 and a third will cost £120.
Prior to the elections in May the Labour candidate for central ward Chris Gilkes distributed a flyer claiming there was a secret Lib Dem plan to introduce charges for permits which was being ‘Kept under wraps till after the election.”
Lib Dem Councillor Wayne Irish (now deputy mayor) responded by saying:
“There will be NO charges for the first permit. Not now. Not in the future. No chance.”
While Council leader Keith House maintained the claim was:
“Total nonsense made up by Labour”
News of the proposed changes was posted on the council website on September 14 the council state the introduction of charges is necessary due to the cost of administrating the scheme since 2004 – although no details of costs or expected revenue was provided.
The deadline for objections was September 16 giving residents less than 48 hours notice.