New survey sparks calls to equalise parking charges across Lancashire

Some residents pay nothing, and some pay up to £40 to park outside their homes

Some residents pay nothing, and some pay up to £40 to park outside their homes

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CALLS have been made to equalise residents’ parking charges across Lancashire after figures showed drivers were forking out different amounts.

Prices vary from nothing at all, to £40, with people in Clitheroe paying the most for a residential permit, while those in Lytham pay just £5.

In Burnley the cost of a permit varies from £15.60 to £26, in Oswaldtwistle a permit costs £25, and in Blackburn range from £10 to £30.

The findings come from Freedom of Information requests made to councils around the country on behalf of motor sales company Trusted Dealers, which revealed some motorists are paying upwards of £200 a year in residential parking permits, generating an average of £291,000 for local authorities.

Lancashire County Council has issued 891 permits, generating £8,972.90.

The council said the money is reinvested back into the permit scheme and pays for administrative costs.

Clitheroe Town councillor Mary Robinson said: “My personal view is that it should be equal across Lancashire. I think it’s extremely unfair, it’s another nail in the Ribble Valley coffin, we always get the short straw.”

Martin Galloway, head of network management for Lancashire County Council, said: “Charges differ across the county. This reflects the different facilities provided by each scheme.”

Trusted Dealers MD Neil Addley, said: “The price may pale in comparison to the price of petrol, but it’s still an additional burden for motorists.

“It seems unfair that in some cases, money raised is used to offset council tax, implying that motorists are paying over the odds – and for a privilege that some would say ought to be free.”

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5:44pm Thu 10 Jul 14

doggydog says...

dont pay it then, simple! No one makes you nor forces you! Park elsewhere, other folk have too!
dont pay it then, simple! No one makes you nor forces you! Park elsewhere, other folk have too! doggydog
  • Score: 3

6:22pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Pembina says...

doggydog wrote:
dont pay it then, simple! No one makes you nor forces you! Park elsewhere, other folk have too!
And where is elsewhere - soon every road and street in the country will be Resident permit holders only. Why should I be restricted as to where I park on a public street/road when I've already paid for my car tax disc?

Wardens seem like vultures after their prey on the streets around Ewood on match days, thank heavens I can still walk.
[quote][p][bold]doggydog[/bold] wrote: dont pay it then, simple! No one makes you nor forces you! Park elsewhere, other folk have too![/p][/quote]And where is elsewhere - soon every road and street in the country will be Resident permit holders only. Why should I be restricted as to where I park on a public street/road when I've already paid for my car tax disc? Wardens seem like vultures after their prey on the streets around Ewood on match days, thank heavens I can still walk. Pembina
  • Score: -3

7:52pm Thu 10 Jul 14

shytalk says...

In St Mary's st in Clitheroe and surrounding streets the council wanted £130 plus per year. Guess who parks on those streets to avoid car park charges? Yep you got it, the council.
Stuff the residents, lets all park outside someones house who is disabled or has small children..
In St Mary's st in Clitheroe and surrounding streets the council wanted £130 plus per year. Guess who parks on those streets to avoid car park charges? Yep you got it, the council. Stuff the residents, lets all park outside someones house who is disabled or has small children.. shytalk
  • Score: 0

8:31pm Thu 10 Jul 14

janie64 says...

shytalk wrote:
In St Mary's st in Clitheroe and surrounding streets the council wanted £130 plus per year. Guess who parks on those streets to avoid car park charges? Yep you got it, the council.
Stuff the residents, lets all park outside someones house who is disabled or has small children..
Since when did car parking be a problem with 'small children'??? I was widowed and left with 2 young children. I had no car but had to manage. I find it a shambles when seeing mother and baby parking at supermarkets. It's said children are now becoming lazy and gaining weight, little wonder.

Where I live you are lucky to be able to park a car outside my home as there are 2 rows of houses that don't have outside the door car parking so it's a free for all.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: In St Mary's st in Clitheroe and surrounding streets the council wanted £130 plus per year. Guess who parks on those streets to avoid car park charges? Yep you got it, the council. Stuff the residents, lets all park outside someones house who is disabled or has small children..[/p][/quote]Since when did car parking be a problem with 'small children'??? I was widowed and left with 2 young children. I had no car but had to manage. I find it a shambles when seeing mother and baby parking at supermarkets. It's said children are now becoming lazy and gaining weight, little wonder. Where I live you are lucky to be able to park a car outside my home as there are 2 rows of houses that don't have outside the door car parking so it's a free for all. janie64
  • Score: 10

7:31am Fri 11 Jul 14

shytalk says...

janie64 wrote:
shytalk wrote:
In St Mary's st in Clitheroe and surrounding streets the council wanted £130 plus per year. Guess who parks on those streets to avoid car park charges? Yep you got it, the council.
Stuff the residents, lets all park outside someones house who is disabled or has small children..
Since when did car parking be a problem with 'small children'??? I was widowed and left with 2 young children. I had no car but had to manage. I find it a shambles when seeing mother and baby parking at supermarkets. It's said children are now becoming lazy and gaining weight, little wonder.

Where I live you are lucky to be able to park a car outside my home as there are 2 rows of houses that don't have outside the door car parking so it's a free for all.
Good to know there are still some decent considerate people around.. Sadly you are not one of them.
[quote][p][bold]janie64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: In St Mary's st in Clitheroe and surrounding streets the council wanted £130 plus per year. Guess who parks on those streets to avoid car park charges? Yep you got it, the council. Stuff the residents, lets all park outside someones house who is disabled or has small children..[/p][/quote]Since when did car parking be a problem with 'small children'??? I was widowed and left with 2 young children. I had no car but had to manage. I find it a shambles when seeing mother and baby parking at supermarkets. It's said children are now becoming lazy and gaining weight, little wonder. Where I live you are lucky to be able to park a car outside my home as there are 2 rows of houses that don't have outside the door car parking so it's a free for all.[/p][/quote]Good to know there are still some decent considerate people around.. Sadly you are not one of them. shytalk
  • Score: -7

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