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Park District residents fight to take back their streets

Park District

Published at 7:32am 11th January 2019.

People living in the Park District area of Weymouth are making a bid to reclaim their streets today.

They say they are fed up with permits being given to hotels and B&B's while they struggle to find somewhere to put their cars - despite paying £70 a year for each permit.

County Councillors will be considering their strong calls for changes to the system today. 

A questionnaire organised by the Park Community Centre last October led to a petition calling for changes to the policy signed by 163 residents with another five adding their voices online.

Dave Birchill helps out at the Park Community Centre. He told Wessex FM the situation has become unmanageable; "After about 5 o'clock, you are just going round in circles trying to park. It's most frustrating. And its not just the 6 weeks of the children's summer holidays, this goes on for most of the year now.

Park District 4 with Community Centre

Councillors will hear at their meeting in County Hall, Dorchester, claims that the parking permit policy is "out of date and not fit for purpose."

Residents claim more hotel guests from seafront hotels seem to be parking in the area and that those who risk parking without a permit often get away with it because of a lack of enforcement officers.

Councillors will be told there are several actions they could take in response to the petition including holding an inquiry or public consultation, more research, taking the issue to the full Dorset County Council or a combination of measures.

Residents parking permits for the area currently cost £70 per year with the permit policy having been in place since 2012. Almost 600 residential permits are currently in place with 156 allocated to hotel or B&B guests, 34 business permits with an average of 30 visitor permits per day.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter & Justin Gladdis Wessex FM News

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