Parking permit charges scheme moves step closer

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Plans to introduce charges for parking permits across the district have moved a step closer.

Wakefield Council’s cabinet approved a report outlining plans to introduce Controlled Parking Zones.

The parking permit charges will apply to residents living in these zones – which have not yet been specified – not to the 10,000 people who already have a free parking permit.

The report also outlined plans for new parking fines, the introduction of new parking offences and cashless parking.

A more detailed report will now go to full council for approval.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “It doesn’t say in the report but it wouldn’t be retrospective. All the people who already have parking permits wouldn’t be charged. This would be for new permits only.”

Cashless payment is also to be offered as an extra payment method at car parks.

Enforcing parking restrictions used to be the job of police officers, but in 2012 it was decided that the powers should be transferred from West Yorkshire Police to Wakefield Council to help balance budgets and free up officers.

Coun Peter Box, leader of the council, stressed the money raised from the introduction of paid-for permits would not be used to plug the council’s budget deficit.

He said: “This isn’t a revenue-raising exercise. The revenue raise will be ploughed back into the service.”

Two levels of penalty charges would also be introduced, £70 for serious parking offences and £50 for less serious offences, both would be halved if paid within 14 days.

Details of permit costs, and areas where they will be introduced, are yet to be released by the council.