Is this an end to ‘traffic misery’ for Grantham residents?

Residents parking problems in Grantham.
Residents parking problems in Grantham.
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A residents parking scheme could be on the cards for neighbours in Grantham after the majority said they were in favour of it.

A total of 140 questionnaires were completed by people living in the area of Park Road, Alford Street, Redcross Street, Castlegate, Bluegate and Swinegate, with 108 in favour of the scheme and 32 against.

In the survey, people said motorists parked in their streets to avoid hospital and town centre car park charges. They also said students parked there all day, while others asked whether pensioners would get a discount.

If a scheme goes ahead, residents will be asked to pay to park in their streets and will be guaranteed a parking place. But some said they felt this was akin to an additional tax on their cars.

County councillor Ray Wootten has conducted the survey and presented the results to South Kesteven District Council.

He said: “I wish to thank all those residents who took the time to complete the survey. This is the first stage of a long process which I hope will be successful and bring relief to the traffic misery that residents have to put up with in this area.

“The area around St Wulfram’s Church is one of the oldest parts of Grantham. Many houses are terraced with no access to off-road parking. Due to its location, residents frequently complain that they are unable to find a parking space.”