Set out below is a summary of its content. This summary should be more useful than looking at the consultation document itself as it includes points of clarification which have already been provided to us since the draft was first published....
What is the scope of this policy?
The policy is for the whole of SKDC, not just STAMFORD. It sets down the rules by which individual Residents’ Schemes will be set up in the first place and the overall rules within which individual schemes must operate.
How are schemes set up?
Schemes may be set up in in areas “where it can be identified that residents have a problem finding a parking space close to where they live” and where fewer “than 50% of residents have available off-street car parking” of their own. They will only be set up if “South Kesteven District Council in consultation with LCC highways authority is reasonably satisfied that unacceptable traffic problems will not be created on adjacent streets” and if “more than 50% of occupants consulted within a scheme area are in agreement with a residents parking scheme and are willing to pay the permit fees”.
Who is eligible to have a Residents’ Parking Permit?
Only those people living in a defined scheme area (they propose 5 in Stamford, see below) “with no off street parking within the boundary of their property or within 50m of their property in their ownership are eligible to apply for a permit”.
“Each resident is entitled to a single permit for a maximum of two specified vehicles. Only one resident per household may hold a permit for any two vehicles.”
“One visitor permit will be available to each eligible property within the scheme area. Only one visitor and one resident permit will be issued per eligible property.”
"Houses in multiple occupation are eligible for a maximum of three permits per year. Permits can either be vehicle specific (resident) or visitor. Each resident may only apply for one permit.”
“Central Area (red area, Stamford) - Visitor permits are not generally issued. However, one visitor’s permit per property may be issued where residents do not keep a vehicle (and do not hold a residents parking permit) or can make the case for the need of a visitor’s permit.”
What about other people who might need to park?“A business within a defined scheme area may apply for one business permit if they have no off street parking available. The permit can have up to four vehicle registrations displayed on it. Alternatively one business visitor permit may be issued if a business permit is not issued.”
There will also be provision for healthcare professionals & builders etc who have to park near properties in which they are working to be issued with permits.
What does a permit entitlement you to?“Resident parking permits will only be valid in newly defined resident parking bays and will only be valid within a single defined scheme area, for example a permit issued to a resident living in the yellow area will only be valid for parking in a resident parking bay in the yellow area. The survey work [SKDC is] currently undertaking will consider the need to challenge the existing on street parking restrictions, such as time limited one and two hour bays and look to reallocate them to support the resident parking scheme. The permit will not allow residents to park in time limited bays beyond the specified time limit.. “Resident parking zones will be 8 – 6 Monday to Saturday”. Outside the resident parking bays, permit holders are subject to the same rules as everyone else.
How will each scheme be administered?
Permits will be issued annually (April – Mar) by SKDC. Pro-rata permits will be charged for full months up to the end of the current financial year. Permit charges will be reviewed and set annually. The permit charge will be set at a level which at least covers the cost of the local scheme. Residents must pay the relevant annual permit fee and prove residency before being issued with a permit.Permits will be issued for a nominated vehicle(s) for use within the defined scheme area. An administration charge will be made for providing a permit when a resident changes their vehicle and wishes to transfer the permit to their new vehicle, retaining the original expiry date. Replacement permits will also attract an administration charge due to loss or damage.
What is the definition of the ‘defined scheme areas’
How much permits will cost?
How much of the currently unrestricted parking in the defined scheme areas will become ‘residents’ only bays? How much of the current one & two hour limited parking in the defined scheme areas will become ‘residents’ only bays and how much (if any) should remain as it is?
When exactly can schemes be brought in and what happens in the meantime once enforcement of the current restrictions begins?
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The deadline for responses is Friday 5th October.