Thousands sign up to stop parking change

By Matthew McKew

Saturday, May 17, 2014

 

FOUR petitions attracting thousands of signatures have been launched by IW residents unhappy with the proposed changes to car parking.

The biggest complaint for residents and businesses is the proposal to extend the chargeable hours from 8am to 6pm to 8am to 8pm at council car parks and on-street parking areas.

The largest petition, which concentrates on the changes at Appley and Puckpool car parks, collected more than 3,000 signatures.

The organiser, Tony Gibbs, has been invited to a council meeting to discuss the petition’s objectives.

A petition against the proposals at the Medina Leisure Centre car park has attracted more than 400 signatures.

It reads: "The council say education is a priority but this proposal hits at the heart of the promise. Leisure centre users, with a One Card, will be exempt, so leisure is free but education costs."

Nearly 300 people had signed a petition on Wednesday complaining about the plans to scrap free parking for 30 minutes at Moa Place, Freshwater.

It said: "This will hit those struggling on small fixed incomes, who are already finding it hard."

A fourth petition, against changes at Brannon Way Car Park, Wootton, attracted more than 100 signatures.

It said: "All villagers, whether or not they use the car park, will be affected by the reduction in the number of people frequenting the village and the inevitable demise of local businesses."

More than 1,500 signatures were previously collected against council plans to introduce car park charges at Carisbrooke.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Stephen Huntley

20th May 2014, at 08:45:24

Interestingly, charging to 8pm was scraped a long time ago at Hayling Island and Southsea, both separate councils. Don't know why, but there must have been a good reason. Perhaps it just stopped evening visitors and trade.

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by Yvonne Carter

19th May 2014, at 13:59:33

With longer charging hours being proposed/actioned that must mean more working hours - so more Traffic Enforcement Officers. So how that that tally with the article in the County Press (16th May) that FOUR are being made redundant?

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by Steve Smith

18th May 2014, at 09:09:03

Ashley, that car park has already introduced charges. During the week staff have to pay for a permit and at weekends the public pay via the machine.

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by Ashley Harcourt

18th May 2014, at 06:20:55

If I remember correctly the attempts to introduce car par charges at Carisbrooke failed as the land had been donated for public use years ago with the proviso that parking would remain charge free?
As for raising car park charges elsewhere, well there is a massive car park at the end of County Hall in Newport that could introduce charging.

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