Will Grantham residents pay for their own parking spaces?

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People in an area of Grantham have been asked if they are willing to pay for a residents’ parking scheme.

Views have been sought from people living in the area of Redcross Street between Wyndham Park and the King’s School.

The latest attempt to get such a scheme off the ground comes in the wake of a scheme launched in Stamford and failed attempts in Grantham in the past.

Penny Lucas, who has lived in Alford Street for 17 years, says she is in favour of a scheme as long as residents are asked only to pay a reasonable sum for parking.

Mrs Lucas has been involved in a bid for parking scheme in the past but the support was not there.

She said: “I went around years ago collecting signatures but it never happened. I wouldn’t mind paying a reasonable sum to park outside my own house because that is the only way it will work.”

Mrs Lucas said workers and students were parking in the residential streets. She said the town’s parking problems could be eased if commuters were not charged “silly prices” in the car parks at the railway station.

She said: “What’s the point of that? These car parks are empty because people do not want to pay.”

She also suggested cheap parking areas be made available for people to park for half an hour to give them the chance to go into town on short trips.

County councillor Ray Wootten has delivered surveys to residents asking them if they are in favour of a residents’ parking scheme and if they would be prepared to pay for one.

Coun Wootten says it can cost between £50 and £100 per household to get a scheme started.

He said: “I have received enquiries from residents in Redcross Street, Bluegate, and Church Street about having their own scheme in Grantham now that this scheme has started in Stamford.

“I will be looking at collecting data from residents which covers Bluegate, Swinegate, Redcross Street, Alford Street, Park Road and Castlegate to see if residents would like a similar scheme here. I need 50 per cent to agree and also to agree to a permit charge. This scheme, although initially started by SKDC, is run by the county council and is only available where residents do not have off-road parking already.

Coun Wootten added: “Residents do complain that non-residents often park and leave no room on the street for them to park, particularly in Redcross Street.”

Libby Simpson, who has campaigned for residents’ parking schemes in the past, says she would like to see a campaign for residents’ parking right across the town centre. She has been involved in campaigning for a residents’ scheme in University Square but without success.

She said: “I will be happy to help. It’s no good putting leaflets through doors because people don’t fill them in. They need to fill them in there and then.”

Libby said she would like to work with Coun Wootten in a bid to get a scheme for the whole of the town centre but it may require “street representatives” to work with them and collect signatures.

A parking scheme for residents and businesses started in Stamford on February 1. People are being asked to apply for permits, on a first come first served basis, and must pay £50 a year for them. There are 244 permits available for residents and 81 for businesses.