Richard Marsden’s report on the High Court ruling that the use by councils of increased charges for parking permits solely to raise revenue is illegal was welcome reading for those of us who have been caught in this “scam”.
A permit parking scheme was introduced where I live in 2010. Our houses are away from the street so, when they were built in the mid-1970s, off-road parking was provided.
By 2009 these spaces were increasingly being taken by non-residents.
When the council consulted on introducing parking permits that would be free in the first year and then cost £10, most supported it.
What they didn’t tell us, of course, was that charges for permits would subsequently be used as a form of taxation that they could increase whenever they felt the need. The cost was doubled to £20 last year and from April to £36. There is also a charge of £20 for a book of day permits to give to visitors and £20 if you change vehicles.
How can it be fair that a measure that was supposedly introduced to tackle irresponsible parking by others should have been “turned” on the residents in such a way?
Richard quotes Coun Leigh Bramall’s that income from permits “contributes to the cost of administering zones but does not cover the full amount”. Unless I have misunderstood, this means they lose money. So why have them?