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Residents’ parking permits are about to get cheaper

Posted on - 11th September, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News
A permit holders only parking sign in Bairstow Street, Preston Pic: Blog Preston
A permit holders only parking sign in Bairstow Street, Preston Pic: Blog Preston

Resident only parking in Preston is set to get cheaper after LCC agreed a fairer pricing scheme across the county.

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The cabinet agreed to standardise the price of permits to £25 across all boroughs with more types of permits available in some areas.

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It means the cost of an annual permit will be reduced and the old scratch card visitor permit system will be replaced by permits registered to individual households which can be handed out to guests.

The county council carried out a consultation into parking permits after taking over the administration of them from the borough councils last year.

Over 9,000 residents who are eligible for residents parking permits were asked about proposals to change the terms of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), which makes them legally enforceable.

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A report to the council’s cabinet outlined and addressed various comments and concerns raised during the consultation, and recommended that the new scheme be approved.

The decision means no change for many current permit holders as a number of the schemes in place already have a £25 charge for a permit.

It will mean a price drop for some permit holders in Lancaster, Preston and South Ribble. Only permits in Chorley and Pendle previously cost less.

To support environmental challenges there will be no charge for permits for vehicles that are powered solely by an electric battery.

Read more: Preston Bus fares move to two standard prices

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “These changes to residents’ parking schemes aim to make them operate fairly and consistently across the county.

“Previously the schemes have differed between districts, but now they’re being administered on a Lancashire-wide basis it makes sense to operate them along the same lines.

“In many areas it will mean little or no change to the way the schemes currently operate, and in other places this amounts to simplifying the previous arrangements, which I hope will also make them work better for residents.”

What do you think of the changes to the parking permit scheme? Leave your comments below.

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