Lincoln council plans to reduce resident parking permits

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Households in Lincoln will get only two instead of three resident parking permits under new plans set to be approved by city councillors.

The City of Lincoln Council says the changes are due an increase in complaints from residents who are struggling to find parking availability close to their homes.

Councillor Neil Murray, portfolio holder for planning policy and economic regeneration, said: “The residents’ parking scheme is well established and covers a significant part of the city and, as an evolving service, improvements need to be made from time to time.

“We have recently heard concerns from residents about the availability of parking in their area.

We have listened to these concerns and are now responding accordingly with a proposal which will reduce competition for spaces and therefore help to regulate demand.

“Many of these houses and streets simply weren’t designed for this volume of cars, and whilst I am sympathetic to residences who claim a need for three passes, we have no alternative but to work in the interests of the majority in cases such as this.”

The terms of the current scheme say that a residence may apply for up to three passes, however there are no restrictions on the overall number of passes for a particular area.

The council conducted a consultation on the scheme with questionnaires being sent out to almost 4,500 households in the city.

75% of residents who responded to the survey said they felt reducing the amount of permits available per household would be a positive step.

If given final approval, the changes to the Residents’ Parking Scheme would come into place on April 1, 2018 with third permits no longer being available as and when they become due for renewal.

The City of Lincoln Council’s Executive will meet on February 26 to decide on the changes.