Plans to significantly increase on-street parking charges have been put out for public consultation as the county council seeks to push forward with the controversial proposals next April. The authority had been expected to approve the changes earlier this year, but councillors put the plans on hold after some members complained that not enough consultation had taken place about them. However the idea has not gone away and that consultation has now been launched, with people having until 22nd September to make their voices heard. The changes include a rise in resident permit charges, with the council proposing either a flat £80 rate for up to three permits per household or a tiered pricing structure from £35-£80, with your third permit being the most expensive. Residents would also be expected to pay for and renew their permits online as paper permits would no longer be issued. A report accompanying the consultation explains that the current £25 of a residents’ permit does not cover the cost of enforcing the scheme, which the council claims is close to £80, while the move to virtual permitting is necessary as the existing paper-based system is obsolete. The report says the council does not intend… Read full this story
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