Parking permits to rise by more than 400%

Residents in Grimsby have held a meeting to discuss council plans to raise the cost of parking permits by 433%.

North East Lincolnshire Council plans to increase the annual fee from £15 to £80 in parts of Grimsby and Cleethorpes to make the system "fairer".

It said residents would be asked to vote on the scheme.

If a majority do not agree, the council said it would scrap regulated parking in the area.

Brenda Dixon, secretary of the Park Ward Action Group, said that if permits were scrapped then many residents feared that workers at local businesses would use up the available parking spaces.

She added people understood that costs had to rise but the proposed increase was too high.

"Everyone understands the situation and everyone wants to help," she said.

"The cost of living rise year-by-year would have brought the cost of the permit to about £22 from the last rise."

Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration and environment at the council, said: "There has been no increase in the cost of parking permits since 2003.

"However, the increase to £1.50 per week from 30p per week is necessary to ensure that the scheme covers both its administration and operations costs and enables all permit areas to be properly enforced."

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