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Subject: Parking bays
Date: 9th February 2012
Parking in Portsmouth is horrendous, I live in Wadham Road and working shifts, I cannot find a space anywhere late at night. The gaps between cars along the road could be reduced by having parking bays placed along the road which would mean that more cars could fit in the roads. It's laziness and inconsiderate people that park their cars preventing others from being able to park in their own road. The disabled bays are in place and bays same size along the road would be ideal, it clearly marks a space and people will adhere to direction as rather than leaving it to own choice.
There is also no requirement to have the double yellow lines so deep into the road either end. It is now a one way street and by taking a car length off the lines either end of the road would again make things easier. Rather than thinking about money, at the end of the day resident's of Portsmouth should be a priority. Personally I can't wait to move from the area.
Evidence has shown that marked bays actually reduce the amount of parking space available, as each has to be marked at 6 metres in length to accommodate longer vehicles like estate cars. The majority of cars require less space and therefore 1-2 metres can be wasted between each car parked in a bay. Although it can sometimes appear that drivers have parked badly, uneven-sized spacing is often the result of parking spaces being vacated and used by different-sized vehicles.
Proposals to reduce the double yellow lines in the area were approved by the Cabinet Member in January, and will be implemented shortly. This will allow an additional 10 parking spaces, and includes Wadham Road.
Subject: Permit price increase
Date: 31st December 2011
I am a resident of Clarendon Road, Southsea.
Three years ago the resident’s permits were introduced, the additional permit for homes with two cars cost £25.00. Whilst I was not pleased about paying this, it seemed fairly reasonable. Last year I was dismayed to see that the price had doubled to £50.00 and again I paid without fuss. This year the cost has increased again, only a minimal amount, now £53.50.
I would like to know how these increases can be justified?
Surely the cost of printing a small permit and posting it have not increased by more than 100% in the last two years??
I would also like to know how you can justify the cost of £15 (increasing to £17.50 from 1st April) for replacing or amending permits. Again, I don't understand why amending a vehicle registration number on a screen and then printing a small permit should incur these costs?
I would also like to add, as I live near the Palmerston Road shopping area, that it is pretty impossible to find a parking space nearby on a Saturday, which means I will be paying £53.50 in order to NOT be able to park my car
Whilst the Parking Service acknowledges your concerns about the increase in prices for parking permits at the beginning of this financial year, we take this opportunity to advise that it is the Member's of the Council that agree the prices that are payable for any parking permits and parking scratch cards that are issued. It is also the Councillor’s that have agreed and decided that an administration fee is applicable when a resident has changed their vehicle.
The administration fee for reissuing a permit has been calculated by taking into consideration all costs associated with residents parking and not just the cost of the permit itself, these include staff costs associated with issuing permits and enforcement of the regulations on-street, maintenance of signs and markings etc.
It is also acknowledged that you have difficulty with parking in and around the Palmerston Road shopping area. Whilst it is noted that you pay for a second parking permit to your address, Portsmouth City Council are satisfied that sufficient parking for the resident’s of the KC West Southsea parking zone is provided, and whilst you may not be able to locate a space outside your premises, other parking spaces are available. A full list of roads that are included in your parking zone are available on the parking website or alternatively a list can be obtained from the parking office.
Subject: Disabled parking in Broad Street
Date: 15th December 2011
By way of introduction, I chair the Spice Island Association Committee, which is an organisation which serves the interest of the residents of Spice Island.
An area of concern to us, is the abuse of the disabled parking area which is located on the west side of Broad Street about 50 metres from the Point. This area is often used by the commercial vehicles of traders who are either delivering or supplying services to the area. Our impression is that the parking is not always short term and consequently causes considerable inconvenience to disabled people.
We recognise that traders should be able to park locally and that sometimes there is not enough space in the public car park opposite. We would suggest that traders be allowed to park in the area reserved for taxi cabs which is on the east side of Broad street directly opposite the disabled parking area. Our impression is that the taxi cab area is used infrequently by taxis during the day and only becomes active in the evening.
We would recommend that action is taken to ensure that unauthorised parking in the disabled areas is prevented and that consideration be given to modifying the taxi cab area to allow commercial vehicle parking.
Parking Services acknowledges your concern with reference to the abuse of the disabled parking area on the west side of Broad Street. However, as Parking Services are unable to prevent local traders from parking in this area, we respectfully request that should you see vehicles parked in this location that are in breach of a parking restriction, that you contact the Traffic Management Centre on 023 9268 8290 who will deploy a Civil Enforcement Officer to the area as soon as possible.
Parking Services can only suggest to the local traders that alternative parking is sought at the time of leaving their vehicles. Sufficient pay and display parking is provided within the area, with two pay and display car parks being situated in Broad Street, and so as to prevent any Penalty Charge Notices from being issued, Portsmouth City Council would suggest that the amenities provided are utilised.
Finally, in relation to the taxi rank being infrequently used by taxicabs throughout the day. Parking Services are unable to comment on this and would advise that you contact the Licensing Manager, Ms Humphrey, on 023 9283 4604, who will be able to assist you further.
Subject: Enough space to park
Date: 25th November 2011
I've been living in Southsea for 7 years now and have noticed, as other residents have, how difficult it is to park on your own street. I live on Victoria Road South and every time we get a parking questionnaire through I fill it in, and then we never hear back about the responses. Please can you keep us more informed. Also, when you have a parking surgery, perhaps have it on more than one occasion, as I can never make the ones you run and I would really like to come along. Perhaps one during the daytime as well as the evening?
I know you can give fines to people who park over 50cm away from the kerb side, but what about those who park one or two metres up from the end a double yellow lines? This has a knock on effect for the rest of the available space on the road to park, often meaning there are 1, 2 or even 3 less spaces to park, leaving a gap of a metre from the end of the yellow line to the end of the car is bad parking. Both on Nelson Road and Merton road where this happens, up to 4 less spaces are available. Perhaps you could consider this in future?
Also, more needs to be done on special days in the summer, where people park for a whole weekend in Southsea as they are going over the Isle of Wight festival, for example. Visitors need to be offered designated parking spaces, perhaps the University could give over some of its parking, Museum Road for example. Otherwise outer city parking should be offered with a park and ride facility for festival goers. Perhaps temporary parking restrictions should be in place over the summer?
Parking Services acknowledges what has been said in relation to the difficulty that you experience when parking your vehicle in your own street. It must be taken into account that Portsmouth is a densely populated city. Many households own more than one vehicle, limiting the parking space in built up residential areas. It is therefore very difficult to provide adequate parking for everyone, as there is only limited space available. With regard to resident parking schemes. I can advise that residents request Residents Parking Schemes. Once sufficient support is shown for such a scheme, a survey of all residents is then undertaken, giving residents a chance to voice their opinion on the scheme and how it is run. Whilst I note that you have previously been surveyed and have not been advised of the results, I regret that you must contact the residents' parking policy team at email@example.com and an officer will be able to assist you further.
In relation to those vehicles who park one or two metres away from the end of double yellow lines and subsequently losing one, two or three valid parking spaces within an area. Parking Services are unable to advise motorists of the manner in which to park their vehicles and providing that they are not in breach of any parking restrictions that are present, we are unable to enforce the situation.
Parking Services notes what you have said in relation to temporary parking restrictions being in place over the summer months to assist with the parking during the festival season. However, on days when events are taking pace within the City, Portsmouth City Council often offer its residents alternative parking. Visitors and residents alike must abide by the restrictions that are in place in order to prevent a Penalty Charge Notice from being issued. Portsmouth City Council are unable to implement temporary parking restriction for visitors as to do so would allow motorists to park without charge or Penalty.
Subject: Work vehicles parked on residential streets
Date: 21st November 2011
I live in Paulsgrove and residential parking is at a premium. More and more often we are getting work vans and trucks being parked in the streets, on pavements and opposite junctions. I have witnessed on a couple of occasions, near accidents caused because of the way these vehicles have been parked. A few years ago I heard that the council were cracking down on work vehicles being brought home but have heard nothing on the subject since. Would appreciate any help in this matter as am getting fed up of looking out my window at a recovery breakdown truck!!
Parking services acknowledge that parking is causing a problem in various roads within the City. It must be taken into account that Portsmouth is a densely populated city. Many households own more than one vehicle, limiting the parking space in built up residential areas. It is therefore very difficult to provide adequate parking for everyone, as there is only limited space available.
With regard to Portsmouth City Council "cracking down" on the amount of work vehicles being brought home. Please note that this only applies to work vehicles that are parked within stipulated resident parking zones throughout the City. At the time of a resident parking zone being implemented, advice and information for people bringing work vehicles home is given and the residents are urged to contact parking services for any further information and advice.