‘This is your chance to solve town centre parking problems’

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A campaigning councillor called on residents to make sure they fight to get a solution to parking problems in Boston town centre.

Members of Boston Borough Council’s cabinet on Wednesday agreed to look into a possible residents parking permit scheme for parts of the town centre where residents are often unable to park outside their homes.

Members will also look into giving cut-priced car parking season tickets to those residents in the meantime.

Coun Carol Taylor said it was ‘fantastic’ news but said it was important that people now answered a council consultation to make their voices heard.

She told The Standard: “The only way it will fail is if residents fail it. They have got to take part in the survey.

“If they don’t do it this time it won’t be resurrected.”

A majority of residents will have to support a parking permit scheme if it is to go ahead.

Parking issues have long-existed but came to the fore since Lincolnshire County Council took over enforcement last year – with many people in the town forced to move their car several times to avoid getting a ticket outside their own house.

At the cabinet meeting members discussed how there are several possible issues with a permit scheme.

Coun Derek Richmond said: “In most areas we have got half the parking spaces to properties and that doesn’t bode well if properties have two cars.”

A report to members showed just 243 parking spaces in 18 town centre streets that contain 408 homes – including 28 spaces for 60 houses in Hartley Street.

Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire said in some streets there could be four times as many cars as spaces available.

To recover costs residents could be asked to pay an initial charge of up to £112.88 followed by £36 a year.

The councillors said buying a pass would not guarantee a spot outside someone’s house – only in a particular zone.

Coun Mike Gilbert, who lives in Tower Street, said: “Nobody expects to park outside their house. The main issue is when you park outside your home on a Friday evening you have got to move your car by 10am on Saturday.”

The plan could cost from £20,500 for a small 100-permit scheme to £138,500 for 2,000 passes covering the whole town centre.

Councillors were told that a majority of residents failed to back the options put to consultation to residents in Stamford. The survey there cost £11,000.

Councillors were told it could take up to 18 months to introduce permits.