Cirencester residents form action group in response to the town's parking permit schemes
3:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
FRUSTRATED Cirencester residents have grouped together to lobby against the way parking permit schemes are run in the town.
The Cirencester Resident Parking Action Group has been set up to lobby Gloucestershire County Council with the actual views of the residents using the permit schemes.
The group is made up entirely of residents who live on the Cirencester streets that are covered by the parking schemes.
Sally Hilliker, spokesman for the group, said: “We’ve been battling to get the schemes run in a way that we would like it to be run.”
The group is currently in the middle of handing out questionnaires to the residents on each of the seven streets that are affected.
“With this information we will lobby GCC to make it realise that we want a say in how the schemes are run and we’re not just a way for them to make money,” said Sally.
Residents felt urged to act following a High Court ruling, prompted by campaigners in Barnet, that said it is unlawful for a county council to spend the profits from the permits on schemes not linked with parking.
Speaking about this issue, Jim Daniels, parking manager for GCC, said: “The money raised across the county through both residents’ parking permits and the issue of parking fines doesn’t fully cover the cost of administering the schemes and carrying out parking enforcement across the county.
“The county council does not plan to generate a surplus from these activities. If there was any surplus money left over, the law stipulates what it can be used for.”
Sally also criticised the Cirencester Parking Partnership, an initiative set up in conjunction with GCC, Cotswold District Council and Cirencester Town Council to provide more effective parking in the town, for not keeping the public informed on its progress.
She said: “We aren’t being kept in the loop of what’s going on. The councillors know but they don’t tell us.”
Andrew Tubb, chief executive of CTC, said: “During the consultation in 2012, the CPP worked to ensure that local residents and businesses had the opportunity to contribute to the parking review.
“Letters and emails were received on a regular basis indicating that the wider was aware of the survey.”
The seven streets covered by parking permits in Cirencester are:
- Purley Road
- Purley Avenue
- Tower Street
- St Peter's Road
- Ashcroft Gardens
- Ashcroft Road
- Cecily Hill