HUNDREDS of drivers in Ilkeston have been left fuming after a hike of 35 per cent to their parking permits.
Derbyshire County Council this week blamed rising costs of enforcement and administration of the permits for town centre residents for the rise from £26 to £35 a year.
The move has left many residents angry that they are not getting value for money.
Ian Roberts, of Burns Street, said that the permits system is not policed properly.
“The wardens have told me they have to patrol Ripley, Heanor and other places so they’re only here in Ilkeston in fits and starts,” he explained.
“For the money people pay it should be done more efficiently.
“People seem to be getting more than two permits per household now – I don’t know if they’re making copies or what, but it means you do struggle to park near your own house.”
Labour’s Cllr Frank Phillips added: “It’s another way to screw the motorist – a tax on having a car. People have to consider whether they are really getting value for money here.”
Business permits have risen from £50 to £70 but the cost of a second residents’ permit remains at £50. An annual visitor permit has risen from £10 to £13 and a one-hour permit is up from 40p to 55p.
The rise affects drivers and businesses in streets, including Albert Street, Derby Road, Queens Drive, Oakwell Drive, Bath Street, Burns Street, Fullwood Street, Jackson Avenue, Lord Haddon Way, Market Place, St Mary Street, Wharncliffe Road and Wilmot Street.
It also affects drivers living in Long Eaton town centre.