ANGRY residents in Sheffield are complaining after being refused extra visitors’ parking permits after just six months of the year.
There is no official cap on the number people can buy, but The Star understands officials from Sheffield Council used guidelines to prevent ‘fraud and abuse of the system’ to refuse the requests.
The council is now ‘looking into the matter’.
Those who have had requests for extra permits, which come in books of 25, turned down include Helen Gaunt, who gives piano lessons at her home on Everton Road, Hunters Bar.
She said near neighbours have also been refused more permits, including one resident who takes on short-term lodgers such as actors and a 92-year-old woman who needs the permits for visiting carers, friends and relatives.
Helen said: “I have 24 students each week. I’ve no permits left and the council won’t let me have any more. It has already put the price up from £2.50 per book to £10 - now this.
“There are no pay-and-display spaces on my street, so clients have to park elsewhere.
“Some people in the area work from home and have clients visiting and let out spare bedrooms for short-term lodgers.
“They need more tickets than people who just need them for occasional use, but now, halfway through the year, they’re told they aren’t entitled to any more.
“We have never been notified about a limit to the number of tickets you can buy, just that applications for permits would be refused if there was evidence they were being mis-used.”
Helen has been told she can apply for trade permits priced £50 for 25 tickets.
She said: “These ‘rules’ - about a limit on the number of permits available per household and the restriction to friends and family only - were not established at the outset of the scheme and there have been no problems for the last six years. It seems there have been changes to the criteria, but we have not been consulted.”
Coun Leigh Bramall, council cabinet member for transport, said: “There is no official cap on the number of visitors’ permits residents can purchase, although, if a lot of requests are made, officers are meant to check to ensure there is no abuse of the system.
“I have asked parking services officers to look into this matter.”