A council’s plans to turn dozens of streets into a massive parking lot were blasted by angry locals.
Officials introduced a “permission zone” system on Norfolk Road after neighbors who lived near Sheffield train station complained that commuters were using free on-street parking.
But there are now proposals to enforce the zone in several areas of the city – with residents claiming councilors simply decided “one size fits all”.
Streets would be daubed with double yellow and white lines to form bays, while parking meters would be installed outside homes.
David Cobley, who lives near Norfolk Road, has now formed a campaign group to take on the Labour-led local authority, reports The Star.
He said: “In short, it was imposed without prior consultation. The residents had no influence on the design.
“There are different areas that don’t have a parking problem and from our point of view won’t have a problem either.
“There are umpteen other reasons, not least the economics of the costs involved, both for individual families and for the city as a whole.
“There must certainly be another way to solve the problem of certain roads. That is up to the council.”
He said many residents have no idea the program was even proposed and are unaware that buying a parking permit doesn’t guarantee them a space.
And he said the council had to be “mad as hatters”.
Activists say permits will cost “unaffordable” while neighbors will be forced to compete over land.
They say the program is “ill-conceived and fear the initial cost of the work could cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
But the council says the introduction of the bays is “not a foregone conclusion”.
Tom Finnegan-Smith, Head of Strategic Transport, Sustainability and Infrastructure, said: “We have received a number of comments from people who have wondered why their roads are included within the park system boundaries.
“We understand that some people have concerns about the scheme as they currently have no problem parking outside their properties.
“Our experience is that if we introduce parking restrictions only on the streets that suffer from commuter parking, parking will move to streets that have no restrictions.”
And a spokesman for the council says that in many areas “demand for parking is outstripping supply”.
“To combat the negative impact of unrestricted commuter parking on local residents, we have established a number of controlled parking zones,” they said.
“Demand management through restrictions has been used successfully in inner-city areas for around 15 years.
“We hope the parks program will help address the city’s pressing challenges and improve residents’ journeys and quality of life.”
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8783854/sheffield-streets-turned-car-parks-anger/ We are angry because the municipality wants to turn our street into a PARKING LOT