From Monday 19 September, residents’ permits for parking in the red and blue zones will double in cost from £50 to £100 a year. The council says this is to cover administration costs but it has provided no details of why it costs £100 to issue a permit. Other councils charge far less.
Only one permit will be allowed for each household.
Shropshire Council has yet to announce this change, despite my pressing for a statement. Maybe it didn’t want residents to renew early.
Households in the Red and Blue Zones will be eligible for one permit per premise, with one car registration allowed per permit. The fee for purchasing a permit will be £100 a year.
Each property will be entitled to receive an allocation of 200 hours of visitors parking a year.
There will be no fee for the allocation of visitors parking for residents who purchase a residents parking permit. The charge for the allocation of visitors parking for residents of properties who do not have a residents’ parking permit will be £5 a year.
In Herefordshire, a residents’ permit costs £30 a year. It’s the same cost in Worcester. Staffordshire charges £48, Gloucestershire £50 Chester is pricier at £60. In Ironbridge, Telford and Wrekin council gives residents two permits for free. All these councils allow more than one permit for each address.
There is only one council in the West Midlands that will more expensive than Shropshire from Monday, Solihull which charges £103.50.[i] The average cost of a residents’ parking permit across the West Midlands is £35.
So how can Shropshire Council justify £100? After all, it only costs £5 for a visitor permit. And applications will be online reducing costs.
I don’t think this price hike is justified. If Shropshire Council needs £100 to process a permit application, it should make itself more efficient. I had asked for flexibility in the number of permits for each household. But Shropshire Council doesn’t do flexibility, especially when it comes to Ludlow.
With the costs of parking on-street and in Castle Street car park soaring from Monday, residents’ parking permits will become more tradeable. There is already a black market in permits that are sold on by non-driving households. I am still waiting for Shropshire Council to make a statement on how it will clamp down on this fraud.
[i]. This excludes Birmingham inner city centre where the prices are eye-watering to discourage car use. On the outer city centre the cost is £90 and outside that just £17. Some councils do not have on-street residents’ car parking schemes but allow residents to buy permits for off street car parks.