In mid-August Shropshire Council launched yet another consultation on the new parking regime. As is normal these days, the council decided not to announce the consultation, just put it on a back page of its website.
The council’s plans to double the cost of a resident parking permit to £100 a year. Each household will only be allowed one permit.
I confess I missed this one. The consultation was slipped out on 16 August, the day I shook hands with the new owner of the former Budgens store. I told him that local artists wanted to paint a mural. He said, “fine”. It has taken up a lot of my time since – but that’s great. I hope you will all want to come to applaud when we finish.
The latest parking consultation was launched without any fanfare, not so much as a press release or even an email to Shropshire Councillors. That seems to be the normal practice for Shropshire Council these days. Ludlow’s Mayor Tim Gill mentioned the consultation in passing yesterday and I realised I’d missed it.
The headlines are of the proposals are these. The cost of having an annual residents’ permit for Ludlow’s Red and Blue Zones will double to £100. Only one permit will be allowed for each property. That’s a change from previous plans which were more flexible, allowing more than one permit providing the streets did not become too crowded.
Every property with a resident’s permit will be eligible for 200 hours of free parking for guests. Visitor permits will be available for residents that do not hold a residents’ permit at a cost of £5.
In a separate consultation, the council is proposing that proprietor or manager of a hotel, guest house, bed and breakfast, self-catering or holiday let establishment can to apply for season tickets for use by their guests in Upper Galdeford and Smithfield car parks. There will be no guest permits for parking in the Castle Street car park or on-street. This consultation closes on 30 August.