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Living and Parking in the City Centre

Published on February 13th 2006.

Any city centre resident, Gordo included, would be happy to tell you that living in the city centre and owning a car just don’t mix well. Not that Gordo owns a car after he was banned for speeding a few years ago and hasn't bothered to renew his license since – but his guests would certainly benefit from somewhere to park their motors.


Granted, living in close proximity to work, shops, nightlife and public transport links greatly reduces the need for a car, but for those that wish for the means to escape the city once in a while without sitting on a train surrounded by screaming children - why should living in the city centre and having access to a car have to be mutually exclusive?

As it stands, the council have made some sort of attempt to assist city centre residents with cars – but I think that most would agree that their current residents’ parking permit scheme is far from perfect. The current scheme enables city centre residents to buy a permit that allows them to park in certain areas between 12.20pm and 6pm on Saturdays. Great... but what about the rest of the week?

Well, finally and thankfully, the council have heard your grumbles and have proposed something to ease the problem of parking for city centre residents. The scheme, which is still in its ‘consultation period’, enables those who live in the centre to buy a permit that will allow them to park in pay and display spaces in different ‘zones’ throughout the city.

This is basically what the council have proposed:

1) City centre residents will be able to apply for a permit to park in pay and display parking spaces during the ‘permit hours’, which are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday 8am-9am and 5pm-6pm
  • Saturday 8am – 6pm
Areas in the city centre are for the purposes of the scheme divided into 3 differing price zones, dependent upon the parking restrictions of the street on which you live.

2) Permit holders will also be entitled to up to 30 convenience tickets a year. These convenience tickets will enable the driver to park in pay and display spaces (normally limited to one or two hours) for up to four hours, at a reduced cost.

For more extensive details of the council’s proposals, click here to download a word version of the document.

If all goes to plan, the new scheme should be in place by April this year. As the current proposals are just that – proposals, they are still subject to change and may be altered according to the reaction and feedback of those who would benefit from the scheme – that’s you! So if you have any views on city centre parking, or on the council’s proposed scheme, let us know by filling in the form below.


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