Talks opened to test interest in residents' parking schemes in Sleaford
CONSULTATION by North Kesteven District Council is to be carried out to test the appetite for residents' parking schemes in Sleaford.
Talks will be opened with residents and businesses in the town, with the town council, local councillors, the county council and other interested parties regarding proposals to introduce schemes in the town.
Residents in five areas of Sleaford have previously approached the district council to introduce schemes to overcome an issue of parking by people who don't live, work or visit the immediate area.
Until now these have not been progressed because they were not feasible under the previous arrangements for the enforcement of on-street parking. A scheme would cover certain streets and only people with permits to park there would be eligible. Everyone else would need to park elsewhere or risk being fined.
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They would only be set up if the majority of affected residents support it and are prepared to pay for it.
Fees and permit arrangements would be determined by the demand and operational requirements, but the general principle is that the schemes would need to be self financing.
Spaces for time-limited waiting would be available.
Cllr Richard Wright said: "We know that some residents in certain parts of Sleaford are very keen to see the introduction of parking schemes to overcome problems of all-day parking by others attempting to avoid charging and regulation elsewhere.
"This not only causes inconvenience, but is also difficult for emergency and service vehicles like refuse lorries and can affect the economic viability of neighbourhood shops.
"We're hoping that through this consultation, those who want to have schemes considered in their area will learn more about the process and feel able to move forward with a majority decision, whichever way that may fall."
Public meetings will be arranged and councillors' views sought over the coming weeks to gauge opinion in Sleaford.