QUESTIONS have been asked about the future of £75,000 earmarked for a residents’ parking permit zone in Sheffield.
Sheffield Council’s cabinet highways committee has decided to pass legal orders to create restrictions in Upperthorpe and Netherthorpe – but will not implement residents-only parking due to opposition from residents.
Coun Simon Clement-Jones, opposition Lib Dem finance spokesman on the authority, said: “Labour councillors have often been accused of spending local taxpayers’ money without concern – however, spending £75,000 on a project that will see no public benefit really does take the biscuit.
“Council officers seem to want these powers so they could force through a future zone with little or no consultation.”
But ruling Labour councillors say the legal orders will be used to implement extra yellow lines to restrict parking in areas where there are ‘particular issues’.
The work will cost tens of thousands of pounds, but the rest of the £75,000 will be put back into the council’s budget for highways schemes.
A Labour spokesman said: “The parking permit zone scheme dates back a number of years and work to progress it in terms of consultation occurred under the Lib Dems.
“The budget to complete it was allocated this year and a Traffic Regulation Order giving powers to implement was advertised, as we have to by law. A number of objections were received.
“Also at that time, Labour councillors raised concerns we were not hearing from people saying they felt the scheme was needed.
“We reviewed the historic consultation, which showed weak demand for the scheme. As a result, it was decided the parking permit element of the scheme should be put on hold indefinitely.”