Parking Permit Bombshell

N.B The council said they would be removing this particular signpost 11 months ago…another broken promise..

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.”

See here

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.

Well, at least I got my objection in!

  7 comments for “Parking Permit Bombshell

  1. Matthew Myatt
    September 17, 2010 at 12:58 am

    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”

    Lies, Lies and more Lib Dam Lies..!!

    When will the people of Eastleigh wake up to the fact that the Lib Dems in Eastleigh do not give a stuff about the people, the history or the future of OUR town..

    Please Eastleigh, SAVE OUR TOWN..!!

  2. peter stewart
    September 17, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Did residents ask for parking permits? Well they got them! But nothing comes without a price! What would residents prefer? A return to free-for-all parking? I don’t know, I’m just asking.

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    September 17, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Did residents ask for parking permits?Well they got them!But nothing comes without a price!What would residents prefer?A return to free-for-all parking?I don’t know, I’m just asking.  

    Do you pay to park outside your home Pete? You might not at the moment – but when, in the not too distant future, the parking permit virus spreads over the bridge and comes to Bishopstoke you certainly will be.

    The scheme comsists of paper permits and some road signs. Not too expensive in itself but hiring wardens to enforce the scheme is.

    However if the income from issuing parking tickets is failing to cover the cost of wardens then either we have too many wardens and/or the fine is not large enough.

    I expect a Lib Dem councillor will shortly be saying “We have no plans to introduce parking permits in Bishoptoke, not now not ever etc”

  4. peter stewart
    September 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    MY OWN VIEW is that ALL parking permit schemes should be SCRAPPED! I would go further and remove all parking meters and car park charges. We enjoy a car based culture and to attack the motorist by imposing parking “taxes” is a serious error of judgement which can only damage the economy. If scrapping such schemes leads to on-street parking problems then so be it. This is the price we must pay for enjoying a car-based economy.

    • Matthew Myatt
      September 18, 2010 at 12:13 am

      Peter,

      I have to agree with you 100% on this. Eastleigh has more Parking Wardens than it has parking space’s, so it is no wonder that the council need to make more money to pay for the wages bill..

  5. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    September 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Fancy having to pay £30 a year for the privilege of having your wing mirrors ripped off…

  6. Anne Romaine
    September 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Doesn’t this reek of inequality for Eastleigh tax payers? You could be in a situation where one neighbour gets a free parking permit while next door has to pay.

    Considering Eastleigh Borough Council has recently been found guilty by the Local Government Ombudsman of maladministration causing injustice over the withdrawal of travel tokens and criticised for not undertaking an Equality Impact Assessment, aren’t they doing a similar thing regarding parking permits?

    Seems Labour were right all along!

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