Permit parking back on the cards
A permit parking scheme for residents of Newmarket town centre is being investigated by a council.
Forest Heath District Council has been allocated £35,000 by Suffolk County Council whose staff will look into the possibility of introducing paid-for residents’ parking permits across an area south of the town’s High Street, which includes All Saints Road, Rous Road, Lisburn Road, Granby Street, Nat Flatman Street, The Avenue, Stamford Street, Park Lane, Old Station Road and Vicarage Road.
A report, discussed by district councillors last night, said typical residents’ parking permits were likely to cost between £60 and £80 a year for each car and would be limited to two per household depending on the ratio of spaces available to households in the area.
The report also pointed out that a permit scheme would not guarantee an on-street parking space for every resident taking part and would only solve residents’ daytime parking problems if their road or street was “consistently used by others outside their area for parking eg commuters or shoppers”.
A previous attempt to introduce a similar scheme failed because the majority of residents did not want it and the report pointed out that a scheme would only be introduced if a “significant majority” of all the residents in the area supported it.
Councillors will also be looking at under-used pocket car parks in the area and considering changes to their use and management.
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