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In 2012 we carried out a consultation on residents’ parking. Here is a summary of the responses, followed by the results in more detail.

Number of responses received: 1,194

  • Answering as a resident: 1,164
  • Answering as a business: 23
  • Other: 8

Would you support a parking scheme to cover the whole city?

  • Yes: 550
  • No: 603

Do you have off-street parking available?

  • Yes: 349
  • No: 846

What do you think of the current residential parking situation in your local area?

Top responses, ranked by the number of responses.

wdt_IDTop responsesResident respondentsRespondents who are also in a parking scheme
1Parking availability is very poor; there are not enough spaces, congested1946
2Parking is not a problem in my area; scheme would be a waste of time1642
3The parking scheme we have works very well134134
4Many commercial vehicles and vans park at night and over the weekend1202
5Overflow vehicles from adjoining scheme makes parking difficult or impossible1146
6Parking problem is due to multi occupancy houses and student accommodation703
7Parking is particularly an issue in the evenings and at weekends521
8The scheme is not well enforced, particularly in the evenings and during events3832
9The scheme makes it difficult to have visitors or it's unfair to pay if no car3728
10A parking scheme would be very welcome320
11The scheme isn't effective, or was recently introduced and is unnecessary2923
12Parking is only a problem on football match days and other events days182
13Vehicles park inconsiderately163
14I am always able to find a space, but not necessarily outside my house141

Responses made by 1-10 people:

wdt_ID1-10 people respondedResident respondents
1Parking schemes do not guarantee a space7
2Three hours’ free parking is too long – should be reduced to an hour6
3NHS staff use the road as a car park4
4A scheme would help overnight – no problem during the day4
5People parking outside schools causes problems and congestion4
6Station commuters take up a lot of spaces3
7Parking gets busy with the tourists3
8The scheme should be increased to 24 hours a day3
9Parking scheme is just to make money3
10Overflow parking from Highbury College causes problems2
11The streets are too narrow for the amount of cars trying to park2
12Areas should be constantly re-assessed2
13Not happy paying for a second vehicle2
14The scheme should cover the whole area2
15Parking is ok, sometimes have to drive round to find a space1
16Cars sold illegally in the street1
17Policemen from the station park without consideration1
18Scheme should operate Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm1
19Improvements are needed to the roads as well as to parking1
20The permit itself should be bigger1
21I have a motorbike, as it is easy to park1
22I don’t have a car1
23Residents with garages should be made to use them1
24Parking should be restricted to one side of the road only1
25Parking scheme has a negative impact on local businesses1
26The scheme should not include any commercial vehicles1

How do you feel about residents’ parking across the city?

Top responses, ranked by the number of responses.

wdt_IDTop responsesResident respondentsAnd in a parking scheme
1Do not agree with it, waste of money, doesn’t guarantee a space17829
2The scheme is a great idea16835
3It moves the problem on, instead of dealing with it (displacement parking)8613
4The scheme I live within works well8025
5The scheme should cover the whole of the city or none at all6010
6Expensive for visitors, restricted on length of stay, unfair on residents with no car5912
7It seems to be a fair policy588
8The parking situation in the city is very poor585
9It should be in some key areas, but not all498
10Can’t comment / don’t know4416
11It needs to be strictly enforced, day and night3817
12Company vans should not be given permits374
13Good idea in roads close to town and shops, but not on the edge of the City326
14Affordable car parks would free up residents’ roads from tourists and shoppers195
15We already pay council tax/road tax and should not have to pay more fees152
16The city has too many vehicles and not enough parking spaces153
17Hard to implement a scheme where households have 3-4 cars121
18The scheme is too restrictive112
19New housing developments and flats are built, with no parking space for them191

Responses made by 1-10 people:

wdt_ID1-10 people respondedResident respondents
1Schemes should only be introduced if 75% of the residents agree to it10
2The scheme will drive away tourism10
3Too restrictive for local businesses, landlords and tradesmen10
4More should be done to encourage people not to bring / use cars into the city9
5I have mixed feelings about parking schemes8
6Students should have one car per household policy7
7Schemes just make money for the council6
8Not enough thought given to residents’ needs4
9All zones should have the same free parking time4
10A resident permit should cover you for the whole city3
11Lower parking charges to spread parking across the city, not just in free roads3
12The current scheme does not work3
13Scheme is unfair on people who have to park work vans at home2
14Free parking period should be reduced to 1 hour2
15In a citywide scheme, the signage would have to be clear to separate areas2
16There should be three hours of free parking1
17If the whole city has residents’ parking, where will non-residents park?1
18Scheme makes it impossible for people to move freely around the city1
19Everyone should be able to park their car outside their house1
20The scheme is not fair on students1
21I don’t think the schemes will last1
22Permits should cover the whole city, free for disabled people1
23Paint individual parking bays1
24Scheme is a good idea for weekdays1
25Those paying council tax for garages would be penalised by a scheme1
26I do not agree to having to pay to change/amend a permit1
27The zones are too small1
28Residents should be made to use their garages1
29There should be no charge for a second vehicle1
30Parking is not too bad1
31Tax payers should get free parking on the seafront1
32Two hours’ free parking doesn’t help with football traffic on match days1

How do you think residents’ parking schemes can be improved?

Top responses, ranked by the number of responses.

wdt_IDTop responsesResident respondentsAnd in a parking scheme
1Commercial vehicles should not be allowed to park on residential streets15420
2Residents’ Parking should be citywide or scrapped altogether14123
3Cancel the residents’ parking scheme13125
4Stronger enforcement of the parking schemes day and night8755
5Each household should have one free permit for visitors to use8432
6Unable to comment / Don’t know505
7No improvements needed4924
8Residents should be able to park in any zone in the city, not just their own3211
9Bays should be marked per house to prevent bad parking309
10Parking restrictions should only be in place evenings and weekends243
11Make it easier and cheaper to buy visitor permits; online would work well219
12Only put in residents’ parking where necessary and residents agree183
13Maximum of two permits per household174
14Inexpensive council-run car parks across the city164
15Park and Ride / Secure parking for commercial vehicles153
16Parking should be increased to 3-4 hours; two not enough156
17One free permit per household, then a lot more for additional permits143
18Reduce the free parking for non-residents to one hour1311
19Flats should not be allowed to be built without relevant parking120
20Schemes are only needed in shopping and tourist areas, and Seafront113

Responses made by 1-10 people:

wdt_ID1-10 people respondedResident respondents
1We want residents’ parking in our road10
2More focus on transport improvements and cycling options9
3The university should provide parking or Park & Ride for students9
4Encourage people to use their off-road parking8
5Do not issue permits to students8
6There should be no limit on permits allowed7
7Tradesmen should have permits so they don’t pass on the cost to clients6
8Implement more one-way systems5
9One permit per household5
10There should be one parking bay allocated to each house4
11The amount of permits per household should be capped4
12All zones across the city should have the same restrictions4
13No parking 9am-11am and 4pm - 6pm to prevent all day parking but still allow for visitors4
14Tax rebate or similar for not owning a car in the city3
15Reduce permit fees3
16Make QA car park cheaper so visitors do not use residents’ roads3
17Increase visitor time around Fratton Park to three hours2
18Listen to residents’ views before implementing a scheme2
19Leave sections of the street as free parking2
20Remove residents’ parking from business areas2
21Students should be able to obtain permits more easily2
22Residents permits should be per road, not per zone2
23Do not charge for permits2
24Exclude public holidays from the scheme2
25Issue six-hour visitor parking permits2
26Introduce a tax based on the length of vehicles1
27Use school playgrounds for parking, evenings and weekends1
28Effective policing during school times1
29Residents just outside zones should be allowed to apply for permits1
30Make it easier for people who have to bring home a work van1
31Implement schemes that operate at certain times. 24/7 not needed1
32Limit the amount of vehicles per household1
33Base decisions on other large cities and their solutions1
34Have a residents’ complaint line1
35Hold a public community meeting instead of letters through post1
36Free parking at the seafront1
37Increase the cost for a third permit1
38Reduce the cost for the second permit1
39After 6pm and on weekends should be unrestricted1
40Seasonal restrictions (Sept – May) when parking is a problem1
41Planning permission for anyone who wants to convert their frontage1
42Charge businesses and residents the same for permits1
43Parking for the King’s Theatre needs to be addressed1
44Painted parking bays are unnecessary1
45Ensure vehicles have valid tax/insurance before issuing permits1
46Different coloured permits for different zones1
47Ensure motorcycles are parked off-road1
48Taxis should not be allowed residents’ permits1
49Regular consultation with residents1
50Find out many vehicles per house from DVLA and issue that many permits1
51Ensure that trailers do not park on the street1
52Tighter restrictions around train stations1
53Underground car park at Southsea Common1
54Fewer double yellow lines1
55Fenced car park for residents that only residents have a key for1
56Widen the roads to accommodate more parking1
57No “free” parking anywhere. No permit = no parking1
58Residents living in their property more than one year should have more say1

Further comments

Top responses, ranked by the number of responses.

wdt_IDTop responsesResident respondentsAnd in a parking scheme
1Employees should not bring home commercial/work vans/lorries, they should be left at a work depot - or have a park and ride scheme for commercial vans1084
2The scheme should be citywide or scrapped413
3I vote against the residents parking schemes: they do not work370
4Free visitor permit per house, paying unfair / senior citizens can’t afford for people to visit3417
5The university needs to provide student parking or the students should not be allowed to bring their cars into the city238
6The scheme needs to be 'policed' better and more often, people park for days without getting a ticket, especially in the evenings when problems occur3211
7Cheaper, more effective public transport would stop people using cars/reduce no. of cars192
8Flats should not be built/Houses converted into flats if they can't provide adequate parking for their residents162
9I am very happy with the residents parking scheme in my road1515
10We should have a permanent park and ride, just outside the city153
11Bays should be marked out for each individual house, to stop people parking badly152
12Scratch cards should be easily available and for shorter periods, e.g. three or four hours, 25p each and you can buy them in packs of 10 (sell online?)129
13We need affordable car parks, £2 for the whole day121
14It is a money making scheme121
15I have to park far away, which means lots of walking late at night, which is dangerous121
16I would like the residents parking in my road110

Responses made by 1-10 people:

wdt_ID1-10 people respondedResident respondentsAnd in a parking scheme
1Scheme has been introduced recently and did not improve the parking situation98
2Detrimental effect on small local businesses, especially Kings Theatre and Albert Road shops/pubs/restaurants73
3Staff at the hospital should have free/cheap parking, so that they do not park in residential streets73
4People should be encouraged/forced to use their off road parking, to free up road parking space60
5Portsmouth is not big enough to accommodate everyone owning a car or two!63
6The parking situation in Southsea is so bad we are considering moving62
7Residents parking scheme should be throughout Portsmouth and residents are allowed to park anywhere within Portsmouth, no restrictions60
8I do not know enough about the schemes to be able to comment42
9Must ensure that disabled bays are still necessary for their owners40
10People need to work to make ends meet, some have to bring home work vans: that’s life30
11I live opposite a school, would teachers get a permit for our road?30
12The residents parking scheme seems like a good idea30
13People with off road parking won’t vote for the scheme: unfair on those who have none30
14If you change your car you shouldn't have to pay for a new permit22
15Maximum two permits should be issued per household, or they should incur a large fee20
16More cycle lanes, to encourage people to cycle and feel safe when they do so20
17Roads with permits are now empty, cars overflow into streets without permit parking20
18Diagonal parking on side of the street and normal parking on the other improves parking20

The comments below were each made by one respondent:

  • The survey will make it possible to make an informed decision as to whether local problems can be solved by residents’ parking schemes
  • A car was left outside my address unattended for three months
  • I think the survey is biased and unfair, the majority of people do not want the scheme
  • Tradesman should have a permit that allows them to work during the day
  • Have a clear strategy that ties in with the city’s regeneration, tourism, planning, environmental strategies and plans
  • Put the council tax towards centres for young mums and the elderly
  • There should be a cap on the amount of permits allowed per property
  • The vote should be based on the percentage of votes returned, not the amount of forms sent out
  • It is important that all junctions and roads are maintained for emergency and delivery vehicles
  • Can you please make East of Broad Street residential
  • There should only be one car registered for a disabled space, not all the cars from that household
  • People park in front of my dropped curb, which causes problems
  • I am very happy with the service the council provides
  • The current system does not allow for car sharing