Motorists asked if they would pay to park outside their homes
MOTORISTS who park outside their homes in Sleaford are set to be asked whether they are prepared to pay for the privilege.
North Kesteven District Council is looking at the possibility of introducing a residential parking scheme in the town centre.
This would prevent anyone without a permit from parking on the street.
The council has green-lit a feasibility study to look at whether to introduce the scheme in Duke Street, Kingston Terrace, Eastgate, Leicester Street, Playhouse Yard, Westbanks area, Westbanks both sides, Albion Terrace, Handley Street, Boston Road and New Street.
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Paul Bridgewater is co-owner and director of Bridge Violins Limited situated in Boston Road, one of the areas under discussion for the scheme.
He said: "I wasn't aware Boston Road was included, but I live on Westbanks and saw in the paper that this was included in the zones they are talking about.
"I find it incredible that North Kesteven District Council have the audacity to charge the residents of this town to park in their own town.
"I don't understand the ethos of raising money through residents who already pay council tax.
"There is no option for me as if it comes in, it will be law that I have to buy a permit."
The council carried out a survey of 2,800 homes and businesses in the summer which it said was in response to pressure from residents asking for parking schemes to be introduced in order to prevent parking by people who don't live or work in the area.
Only 740 questionnaires responded.
Of those, 293 (39.6%) people said they were prepared to buy permits if on street parking schemes were set up, 390 (52.7%) weren't prepared to buy a permit and 57 expressed no view.
The council has now decided to carry out a feasibility study which will aim to assess whether an on-street parking scheme would be effective and viable and what its boundaries might be.
A further ballot of people in the area will also be carried out before district councillors give further consideration to introducing the restrictions.
No decision has yet been made on how much the parking permits would cost.
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