Campaign Against Disproportionate Off-Street Parking Permits in Angus
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Angus Council have proposed plans to introduce paid parking in all council owned car parks across the region. Recent outcry from local residents and businesses resulted in the council back-pedalling on their plans to introduce controversial restrictions for on-street parking - a move which has gone some way to continuing to support the livelihood of our local towns and small businesses which rely on footfall in our towns to continue trading.
On 11th June, Angus Council declared their intention to press ahead with off-street parking charges. Part of this proposal includes an annual parking permit of a cost of £260 per vehicle. This penalises a significant amount of local residents in towns who have no alternative but to use on and off street parking facilities near their homes, with still no guarantee that these residents will still be able to find a safe space to park.
Many local authorities across Scotland and the UK provide a residents parking permit to those living in areas subject to parking restrictions, at a reduced rate. At present, Angus Council propose one flat rate charge of £260 with no special consideration given to local residents. The proposed annual charge is hugely inflated in comparison with the cost of resident's parking permits in other local authorities within Scotland.
Did you know that the cost of your annual parking permit in Angus will be...
- 77% more expensive than it would be if you lived in Aberdeenshire? (£60 per year)
- Between 35-81% more expensive than if you lived in Aberdeen City? (£50 per year, + £120 for second permit)
- 66-74% more expensive than Dundee City? (£62-87, dependent on location)
- 20-54% more expensive than Perth City Centre? (£120-210 for city centre parking)
- 62-81% more expensive than if you lived in Fife? (£50-100, dependent on location)
- up to 81% more expensive than some areas of Glasgow? (£50)
- Between 13-68% more expensive than an annual parking permit available in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea? (£84-228)
I'm sure many Angus residents would agree with me when I say we are aware of and sympathetic to the challenging financial situation faced by Angus Council. However, in a week where we were told Angus Council has achieved a £13m surplus (The Courier, 13 June 2018), the proposed £260 charge certainly packed a punch.
Several concerned constituents have sought answers from Angus Council since these proposals were published earlier this week, and disappointingly have received no response.
Please sign this petition to show your support and object to the disproportionate and inflated annual parking charges in Angus, and to demand that Angus Council re-evaluate this current proposal to ensure that it is reasonable, equitable and fair.
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