Resident parking scheme possible

RESIDENTS may soon be forced to pay for parking on their own street, in a major shake up of parking policy by Boston Borough Council.

The council has mooted introducing residents’ parking schemes for congested residential streets in the area as part of its draft parking strategy, which is currently under consideration.

Other ideas being considered include creating more bays in the town, changing the technology used to pay and even getting rid of some of the under-used car parks in the town centre.

At a meeting of the Environment and Performance Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday night, Coun Paul Goodale said he knew there was support for residents’ parking schemes, but said he thought it needed careful consideration.

He added: “How are we going to make them work?

“I know there will be a lot of interest in residents’ parking schemes and I know they work in lots of areas, but we need to put a lot of thought into what schemes we can put forward.”

The strategy, which will run from 2012 until 2017, follows seven objectives, including improving traffic flow, increasing availability and promoting the use of green transport.

Technology is set to play a big part in new provision, with the chance that motorists may be able to pay over the phone, or possibly pre-register with the council and pay for parking in arrears.

It was revealed at the meeting that while some car parks in Boston town centre are regularly full almost to capacity, others on the periphery see less than 25 per cent occupancy throughout the day. It was suggested that some of these car parks, which include Tunnard Street, George Street and Station Approach, could be closed over time.

All car parks would be brought up to standard by re-surfacing at a cost of £400,000.