Petitions call for £10 parking permits in Sheffield again

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Petitions calling for the cost of parking permits in Sheffield to be reduced will be discussed at a council meeting next week.

Two calls for the cost to be scaled back from £36 for an annual pass, to £10, have been submitted to Sheffield Council.

They also ask that prices are reduced for people on low incomes.

A report to the highways cabinet member decision session said permit prices were now at the same level they were in 2008 after a brief drop agreed in 2009.

It added: “The main role of parking services is to ensure that parking policies are effectively implemented and enforced.

“The cost of permits contributes to the scheme’s enforcement, maintenance and administration, but even at current levels, permit fees alone do not cover these costs fully.

“A parking permit allows the holder a genuine advantage over other motorists and it has therefore been approved as reasonable that the motorist pays a contribution towards the overall costs of providing the administration and enforcement service.”

Plans to introduce a new pay and display parking scheme are also to be discussed at the meeting next Thursday, June 12.

A petition calling for more public consultation on the proposal, for Ecclesall Road at the Banner Cross district centre, has been submitted.

The scheme aims to improve access to shops in the area for customers.

It is intended to improve trading conditions for local businesses by increasing the turnover of parked vehicles in the district.

But a petition signed by business owners and residents requests the introduction of a scheme is deferred until further consultation has taken place, suggests alternatives and raises concerns.

The findings of a public meeting held earlier this week will also be used to inform the development of the proposed parking scheme.