Sheffield Neighbours driven to protest over parking permits ‘cap’

Endliffe's Everton Road residents, from left, Chris Martin, Leslie Pirie, Gwen Wilson and Helen Gaunt, who are concerned about the lack of visitor parking permits.
Endliffe's Everton Road residents, from left, Chris Martin, Leslie Pirie, Gwen Wilson and Helen Gaunt, who are concerned about the lack of visitor parking permits.
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RESIDENTS in a Sheffield suburb say they are being penalised by being refused extra visitors’ parking permits to allow them to go about their daily routine.

Householders in the Endcliffe scheme are having their applications refused on the grounds that they have already had their quota for the year.

Helen Gaunt, who gives piano lessons at her home in Everton Road, said: “I have 24 students each week. I’ve no permits left and the council won’t let me have any more. It has already put the price up from £2.50 per book to £10 - now this. There are no pay-and-display spaces on my street, so clients have to park elsewhere.

“Some people in the area work from home and have clients visiting and let out spare bedrooms for short-term lodgers.

“They need more tickets than people who just need them for occasional use, but now, halfway through the year, they’re told they aren’t entitled to any more.”

Another Everton Road resident takes short-term lodgers such as actors at the Crucible

Meanwhile, a 92-year-old woman in Newington Road, relies on visiting carers, such as a hairdresser and chiropodist, as well as friends and relatives. She, too, has also been told she cannot have more permits.

Cabinet transport member Coun Leigh Bramall has asked officers to investigate.

“There is no official cap on the number of visitors’ permits residents can purchase, although, if a lot of requests are made, officers are meant to check to ensure there is no abuse of the system.