Family forking out more than £200 to park outside own home thanks to new permits

A family have ended up paying more than £200 to leave their car outside their own house after changes to parking rules.

Angela Hammond lives with her husband, two daughters, and her two elderly parents at their home in Aldershot, Hampshire.

One of her kids has been unable to park her car on St George's Road since the introduction of 24-hour permit parking last year.

The family, who own five cars and need to park two on the street, say the council never made the permit situation clear.

Mrs Hammond told Hampshire Live: "We didn't really have any issues with street parking before the permits were introduced, the only time was maybe on a Saturday when the football was on. You might not have been able to park outside your front door, but you could park within a close vicinity but now we can't park anywhere and we're having to pay out parking tickets."

Because the family are unable to buy an annual permit, one car has to park in the Aldershot Railway Station car park.

The car park is free after 5pm, but costs £5.50 for the whole day.

The family can also use visitor parking permits to park on the street and the council allow each household to buy 204 per year.

Every 12 tickets costs £15, which means in total they spend £255 on visitor parking.

An annual parking permit from Rushmoor Borough Council costs just £50 and if available, £75 for a second permit.

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Mrs Hammond added: "Once you've bought your limit for the year, you can't buy anymore which means you're not allowed visitors, so on Christmas Day my family won't be able to visit because we will have no visitor permits left.

"I have asked the council on numerous occasions if we can buy an annual permit, which I am more than happy to do, but they've said no.”

Councillor Maurice Sheehanm, Rushmoor Borough Council's cabinet member for operational services, explained that households with off-road parking cannot purchase parking permits under council policy.

In June 2019, the council wrote to residents about the 24-hour-scheme and added that many residents were in "favour" of the changes.

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He explained: "In December 2019 we wrote again to residents, advising them we would be going ahead with advertising the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for these changes.

"The proposed TRO was advertised on street, via notices on lighting columns, in a local newspaper, and on the council’s website in line with the legal process.

“The public had four weeks to object to the proposals, but we received no significant objections.

"To date, we have only received one complaint from St George's Road since the change in times of scheme came into operation."

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