Residents' permit parking scheme for Pittville
A RESIDENTS' permit parking scheme could be brought to Pittville.
Developers Augur Buchler have agreed to fund the £30,000 scheme depending on the results of a planning application and consultation with residents over the plans.
Pittville – particularly the area around Clarence Square, Wellington Square and Pittville Gate – is the last area of Cheltenham to be considered for the scheme.
Councillor Dave Prince (PAB) said many residents had complained to him at being left without anywhere to park their cars as many spaces were taken by shoppers and visitors to Pittville Park.
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A meeting between the development company, Cheltenham Borough Council, Shire Hall and councillors Dave Prince and Diane Hibbert saw Augur Buchler bosses agree to fund the scheme.
They will hand over the cash if they are successful in getting approval for their project to develop Portland Street in the town centre.
The company, which wants to transform North Place and Portland Street car parks, put in the planning application last week. If approved, a consultation of householders into the parking scheme will begin in the new year.
Mr Prince said the problem of residents' parking had been one for many years in Pittville as people living in the area would return home from work to discover there were no spaces available for them to park in.
"This issue has been going on for a number of years but we have now got funding for it," he said.
"We have managed to secure £30,000 for a residents' parking scheme to be implemented around Clarence Square, Wellington Square and Pittville Gate. The county council has started work on it. I had a meeting with Cheltenham Borough Council and they are bringing it forward.
"If the project gets planning permission, the county council will ensure all residents' parking restrictions are in place before anything starts."
A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire County Council said the authority was waiting to hear the decision of the planning application. A residents' parking permit costs £80.