Council scraps free parking permits

All residents in parking permit zones to pay for first permits - cost to rise to £50 by 2022. Deputy Leader: 'It's very disappointing'


All residents in Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford who live in parking permit zones and park on-street will have to pay for a parking permit from April next year.

Currently, residents in Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford controlled zones 1-9 and 11 – and who have been parking there since before October 2011 – can receive their annual parking permit for free while those who moved into the zone after that date must pay £30 for the first permit.

But at a meeting of Eastleigh Council’s ruling cabinet tonight (May 16), Councillors decided to implement a £30 charge for all residents first permits rising to £50 by April 2022.

Eastleigh Borough Council are introducing the charges as part of deal with Hampshire County Council. HCC effectively delegate on-street parking arrangements to district councils who decide their own parking zones and charges but the County Council has decided to renegotiate existing agreements. If Eastleigh didn’t negotiate a new deal then control of Eastleigh’s parking would revert to the County Council who already charge residents £50 a year for a first permit.

Cabinet members say the deal they have struck with the County enables them to retain control of on-street parking and traffic management and the new fees will help offset the costs of managing and enforcing parking – and reimbursing the county council for their lost revenue.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Bicknell said the agreement would be ‘saving residents money’ by phasing the increase in cost over three years £30 in 2020, £40 in 2021 and £50 (minimum) in 2020.

But the Councillor admitted:

“It’s obviously very disappointing that residents have got to pay extra for their permits and there are number of residents who will actually have to pay for permits that don’t currently.”

In May 2010 Eastleigh Labour Party circulated a leaflet that claimed the Lib Dem Council were considering introducing ‘bombshell’ charges for parking permits.

At the time Cllr Wayne Irish told Eastleigh News:

“The Lib Dems have been crystal clear on existing parking zones,

“There will be NO charges for the first permit. Not now. Not in the future. No chance.”

Despite this in October 2011 charges for permits were introduced for new residents though existing residents continued to enjoy free parking until this latest decision.

  6 comments for “Council scraps free parking permits

  1. Darkman
    May 16, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    An absolute disgrace .
    Eastleigh has just greedier and greedier.
    Whens it going to end honestly.
    I’ve/family have been residents since 1950.s

  2. Ms Barber
    May 16, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    I think they that are just money grabbing. Myself and my some of my neighbours have no choice but to park on the roadway as we have no vehicular access to our gardens as the first five houses in the block or terraces have only foot paths to the back garden, as our gardens back on to other houses. I for one would love to be able to lock my car away at night, maybe then I wouldn’t of had my tyres slashed, my wing mirrors kicked off or nails put through my tyres.

  3. Mandy Ballard
    May 16, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Will this extra income be spent improving facilities for local residents?
    Or ‘invested’ in money making development schemes (e.g. the M&S food store)?
    We’ve lost our Police Station, the roads are in an appalling state, we need more GP surgeries etc?

  4. Concerned of Eastleigh
    May 17, 2019 at 8:37 am

    People can blame Eastleigh BC for lots of things, but this is actually Hampshire CC’s doing. They are demanding more money from Eastleigh BC for the right to administer on street parking, Eastleigh BC have no choice but to pass on those charges to residents.

  5. Tony Spratt
    May 17, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Typical Council’s getting more money from residents that have no option but to park on streets, only hope that the parking wardens will be round far mor frequent than they are at the moment to catch those without permits. What about the 2hour bays, in our area cars are parked there all day, and also visitors permits for relatives visiting and workers dealing with house hold repairs for the residents. We have business properties in the area and parking gets very tight with thos people visiting and working in them.

  6. Alan Broadhurst
    May 17, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Sadly Hampshire County Council have decided that residents throughout the county will pay £50 per year for each parking permit in all Borough / District council areas.

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