Do you want a permit scheme to alleviate the car-crammed streets of Abington? Asks Northampton MP
Residents of a part of Northampton plagued by parking problems are to be consulted on whether they want to introduce a Â£35-a-year permit scheme.
Northampton North MP Michael Ellis has launched a survey to find out whether people living in Abington want to have permit bays painted in outside their homes.
Mr Ellis, said: "For years I have had residents saying they cannot park near their own homes.
"Late at night when it's dark, they have to park several streets away.
"It's especially inconvenient for older people."
I thought I would engage a survey of the residents to see whether they would like to start a formal highways department consultation.
The permit scheme would basically see residents required to pay £35-a-year to ensure they can park in a hatched bay by their home
on permit holders would be fined for parking in the bays and there would be additional charges for extra permits per-household.
Ballots are now being sent to homes in the area, with the result expected on January 15.
If more than 50 per cent of people ar in favour of the permit scheme, Northamptonshire County Council's Highways department will then launch a separate formal consultation, which would look at which streets get the bays.