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Households in Nottingham city could pay more for residents’ parking

Each household in the city in an area with residents’ parking can have three permits.

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Households who use residents’ parking permits in the city will have to pay for their third space from October or November this year, it has been revealed.

A consultation on the change is expected to be launched in September before the change comes into effect by the end of the year, it is understood.

Currently, each household in the city in an area with residents’ parking can have three permits.

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Following a consultation, it is expected the third permit will cost £25, renewable every two years, while the first two will remain free.

There are thousands of streets in Nottingham with residents’ parking schemes, in almost every area of the city.

The move by Nottingham City Council comes as it attempts to plug huge costs from COVID-19.

The Labour-run council estimates £87.9 million will be lost by April next year, as a result of reduced income and increased demand for services.

To date it has received £23.5 million from the Government.

A package of measures approved last week will see £12.5 million in savings, with 154 job cuts, the closure of a day centre for disabled people, and the closure of some playgrounds.

A further £51.9 million still needs to be found by the end of March, if no additional Government funding is forthcoming.

The change is expected to generate £19,000 for the council by April next year, with a larger amount generated in subsequent years.

Harvinder Daffu, 56, set up a petition earlier this year to stop what he said was a ‘totally unnecessary’ residents’ parking scheme being introduced outside his home, in Eskdale Drive, Aspley.

Asked today (Monday, July 27) about the new £25 charge, he said: “I said from the start that it was a money making scheme, and this proves that’s exactly what it was all along.

“I’ve had two parking tickets since it was introduced, for parking outside my own house. It’s completely ridiculous.

“We already pay road tax, car insurance, all the other rigmarole, and council tax of course, yet now they make us pay this as well.

“We shouldn’t have a parking scheme in the first place, and now they make us pay for the privilege to park on our own street.”

Nottingham City Council was contacted for a response.