Lincoln council considers expansion of residents’ parking schemes

Hundreds of homes and over 20 roads have been identified by City of Lincoln Council as possible areas for an expansion of its residents’ parking scheme.

City of Lincoln Council’s Executive will discuss on November 30 whether to begin a consultation with residents on streets where they have received “anecdotal support” for such a scheme.

Currently, the scheme is in place in 18 zones, allowing residents to park near to their homes.

A consultation, led by the city council, is being proposed for 1,353 households in the areas highlighted.

A map of the proposed zones for the project

A map of the proposed zones for the project

Should the consultation come back with a majority of residents supporting the scheme, Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways section have estimated that all the Traffic Regulation Orders, signs and road markings could be undertaken at a one off cost of £26,000.

It would cost residents £26 a year for one permit and £52 for a second or third pass.

However, final decision on such projects lies with the county council’s Transportation Committee.

If approved, the city council would then issue the permits to residents, with the county council responsible for enforcement of the on-street parking changes.

Bob Ledger, Director of Housing and Community Services at City of Lincoln Council, said: “Resident Parking Schemes are known to have a number of benefits, not just in helping those residents who live in a given area.

“Studies have shown that up to 30% of circulating traffic, which is looking for a free parking space, is removed from an area after the introduction of parking controls.”

Other benefits identified in the report include improved air quality, reduced congestion, and enhanced reputation for those areas affected as a place to live.

The council also believes that it will encourage commuters and shoppers to use off-street parking facilities and public transport.

The areas under consideration for the expansion are listed below.

A list of the streets identified as possible sites for a parking scheme

A list of the streets identified as possible sites for a parking scheme