Permits will curb parking woesBy Lewis Rudd
February 03, 2012
Residents can now apply to have parking permits introduced to their road or street following policy changes announced by council bosses.
Problems with parking could become a thing of the past after Wokingham Borough Council agreed to adopt a revamped parking policy, taking greater consideration of the capacity issues faced by residents.
Applications from neighbours to introduce a parking permit scheme on any road across the borough will now be accepted by the authority.
An agreed hours of operation for any schemes will also be decided on a road by road basis, as the local conditions of the highway and its surroundings will be taken into account.
Under the scheme permits will remain at £30. However, the cost of carer permits, which stood at £5 or £10, has been waived.
Councillor Keith Baker, executive member for Transport at the borough council, said: “Demand for parking on some roads in the Wokingham borough can be more than the amount of kerb space available.
“The aim of the residents’ parking protocol aims to maintain a balance between the demands of residents and keeping traffic moving and minimising unsafe and obstructive parking.
“Therefore, each proposed residential parking scheme will be fully assessed before it is implemented.”
Cllr Baker went on to remind residents that although the authority is happy to implement parking permit schemes, all enforcement issues are the responsibility of Thames Valley Police.
For more details or to apply for a parking permit scheme visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/transport/parking/resident-permits.