New Sheffield parking scheme despite soaring permit fees

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THE latest permit parking scheme in Sheffield comes into operation on Monday despite anger at council plans to double the price of many permit fees and increase some four-fold.

Restrictions are coming into in force around Hillsborough Corner to deter people parking on the streets for free then commuting into the city centre on the tram - taking spaces needed by local residents and traders.

The scheme is being launched after public consultation in which Sheffield Council said two-thirds of those who replied were in favour of restrictions.

Warning notices rather than fines will be issued to those who park in the wrong spaces, fail to display permits or park for too long during the first two weeks of the scheme to allow motorists to get used to the changes.

But the council said fines will be issued for motorists flouting yellow line restrictions.

As with other permit parking schemes in and around district shopping centres, visitors to Hillsborough will be able to take advantage of 15 minutes free parking - although they have to print a ticket from the parking meters.

Some spaces are designated for residents only, while parking in other spaces is 40 pence per hour, with waiting limits of two and four hours. There is a limited number of free short-stay spaces with waiting limited to one or two hours.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “This scheme has support from a considerable majority of local people. Permit parking is always about striking a balance but we’ve listened to the views of people in the area and hope that the Hillsborough scheme can go some way to improving things.

“In the past many residents and businesses have struggled to park outside their premises due to people using the area as nothing more than a free car park. Parking up on residential roads and getting the tram into town.

“A lot of consultation has taken place and we hope we’ve got the balance right but of course we will review the scheme and make any necessary adjustments.”

Sheffield Council said operation of the scheme will be monitored - with particular attention paid to displacement – some vehicles that used to park in the scheme area will move to streets outside the area. A review will take place in six to 12 months to assess the scheme’s effectiveness.

The scheme’s implementation comes just a week after the council revealed parking permits are being doubled as part of efforts to absorb £55 million of funding cuts. Fees are rising from £10 to £20 for residents’ first cars, while businesses’ first vehicle permit fees are also being doubled and second permits increased 50 per cent.

The price of residents’ visitor parking passes is being quadrupled.