Permit plan for tourists

By a County Press reporter

Monday, March 24, 2014


MEASURES to make it easier for tourists to park on the Island are to be introduced by the Isle of Wight Council.

The permits allow tourists or coach companies to park in any council-run car park for a set period in set towns, ranging from two days or up to 14 days, meaning they don't have to pay for parking each time.

Currently, anyone wanting to purchase a visitor permit can only do so at certain hotels or by contacting the council.

From April 1, the council is making this easier by making the permits available via PayByPhone instead of at selected hotels or via the council. This allows visitors or coach companies to purchase any permits using their mobiles. The council is also making the permits Island-wide and no longer town specific.

Councillor Jon Gilbey, Isle of Wight Council executive member for finance and the PFI contract, said: "Only having the permits available at selected hotels or by calling the council is not meeting modern requirements and needs updating. From April we will have a system in place now that allows people to buy tickets using their mobile and is an expansion to the everyday process many people use on the Island when paying for parking."

David Thornton, chief executive of tourism organisation Visit Isle of Wight said it would help boost tourism.


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by john jones

26th March 2014, at 09:56:46

boost tourism !!!!!!!!! what a joke. got rid of most of the toilets, tourist information centres, libraries, life guards on the beaches, hike up the price of anything to do with the council including swimming pools, or get rid of it then, ask people to pay a fortune on a ferry and come to the isle of wight for a holiday. boost tourism i.o.w. council !!!!!!!!!!!! joke

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by James Ratcliff

25th March 2014, at 22:00:32

I used to nip straight off the ferry and into the tourist information office in Ryde and buy an island wide visitors week long parking permit whenever I came over to the island. Unfortunately the council got shot of both the office and the permit.

As I know what the roads are like on the island I tend to bring a vehicle suitable to cope with them.

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by Alex Pick

25th March 2014, at 16:44:50

park car n walk is good idea

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25th March 2014, at 09:20:05

WHY worry about parking when visitors ARE put off when they look at what the ferry COSTS.

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by Susannah Thornton

25th March 2014, at 06:55:35

p.s. No relation to David Thornton, CE of Tourism lol !!!!

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by Susannah Thornton

25th March 2014, at 06:54:47

Having the permits for set towns/areas is not ideal. Years gone by they used to cover the whole Island for a week/fortnight, which gave more flexibility for tourists to travel and visit. Now anyone who buys one of these is restricted and has to look into getting one for another area if they want to visit that as well. No flexibility, difficult to work out where you would like to visit each time, whereas before you just went and parked! Forward planning by the Council would allow the Tourists to plan their holiday better and bring income into many parts of the Island not just one area.

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by Russell Palin

24th March 2014, at 19:55:54

I think we should lobby for a doughnut permit for Justin, on Council car parks only.

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by Russell Palin

24th March 2014, at 19:54:03

Justin Bieber will need a parking permit if he moves here, he likes cars, he would be able to afford a residents permit and a doughnut all at once.

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by Den Young

24th March 2014, at 19:05:58

would be nice to know the price, wonder if its cheaper for us to pretend to be a holiday maker and will it be dearer at school holidays?

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by Colin Russell

24th March 2014, at 18:46:21

Mike, the council wants them to come over here first, then hit them with two choice,s,.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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