Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Charge Us to Park outside Our Homes? Just You Try It! ; Town Hall Wants to Axe Free Passes for Residents Locals Face Free- For-All If They Don't Back Change [Edition 2]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Charge Us to Park outside Our Homes? Just You Try It! ; Town Hall Wants to Axe Free Passes for Residents Locals Face Free- For-All If They Don't Back Change [Edition 2]

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RESIDENTS on more than 200 streets in Stockport could be forced to pay to park outside their own home for the first time under plans being drawn up by the town hall.

A further 89 streets face having their prices hiked under the proposals, which will affect thousands of people in the borough. Residents said the council will have a fight on their hands if they go ahead with the scheme.

And one leading councillor claimed residents 'have no more right' to park outside their homes than anyone else.

Under the plans, residents on 201 streets currently receiving free permits and on another 89 currently paying Pounds 21 for them would pay Pounds 30 next near - rising to Pounds 40 from 2015.

Medical permits for disabled drivers would rise from Pounds 10 to Pounds 15 and to Pounds 20 from 2015.

A report outlining the changes is to be put before council committees covering Stepping Hill, Werneth, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Marple, the town centre and Bramhall next week.

Consultation letters will be sent to residents - who will then vote for their preferred option. If more than 51 per cent of households want to go ahead with the residents' parking scheme, then the new charges will be introduced. If not, the road will become a parking freefor-all.

Coun Iain Roberts, the council's member of regeneration, said: "I think a lot of people have the idea that they have the idea that they should be able to park outside their own home when really they have no more right to park there than anybody else."

He added that it was 'not fair' for the Stockport taxpayer to be subsidising costly parking permit scheme for residents. He also pointed out that the council was slashing parking charges near town centres from Pounds 1.50 to 80p in a bid to boost business for traders.

Under the proposals, the town hall is also considering introducing new one-hour parking tariffs in all council pay-and- display car parks and on-street payand-display bays.

Coun David White, from the opposition Labour group said: "Yet again, the Lib Dems are hitting residents with inflationbusting price rises. …

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