The county council is to look into a mass residents-only parking scheme in Ilkeston town centre after continual community petitions.
Derbyshire County Council admits it made mistakes in the past by granting residents-only parking schemes bit by bit, without looking at the impact they would have.
Officers say that these schemes typically displace vehicles onto neighbouring streets – so far from removing the issue they push the problem somewhere else.
Now the council has moved to start the process of having a parking scheme which covers many of the streets in the town centre.
Coun Simon Spencer, the cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: “There is a misconception that if a road has a residents-only parking scheme that they are guaranteed a space, which is not the case, and that can be very frustrating.
“I appreciate the concerns of local residents, what we need is a universal approach not a piecemeal approach.
“This is a big area of terraced houses, we would just be displacing these vehicles elsewhere.
“What has been suggested is the right way forward, but we need the finances in place.
“We need to find a solution for all these areas. We have created the problem by doing what we have done in the past (by approving small schemes at a time).”
Cllr Trevor Ainsworth, chairman of the council, agreed that the authority needed a ‘policy shift’.
The discussion came after a petition was submitted to the council by Erewash MP Maggie Throup, signed by 62 people, requesting a residents-only parking scheme on Lord Haddon Road.
It said: “People with parking bays can park on Lord Haddon Road as well but we can’t park on theirs. Lord Haddon Road is a bus route with no ramps to stop speeding.
“Yet Cotmanhay Road is a bus route with speed ramps.
“There are not any walkways from one side of Lord Haddon Road to the other side at the bottom. Not safe to cross the road for speeding traffic.”
Ilkeston already has two residents-only parking schemes near the town centre.
One is a zone around the Queen Street area, just off South Street, that covers Albert Street, Cedar Park, Darwin Avenue, Queens Drives, Lissett Avenue and Moss Road.
The second zone, St Mary Street Area, is in place off Bath Street and covers Burns Street, Fullwood Street, Gregory Street, Jackson Avenue, New Lawn Road, St Mary Street and Wilmot Street.
The petition from Lord Haddon Road would border the latter scheme.
There are also a number of requests from residents across the town who wish to see the implementation of a Residents Parking Scheme. These requests include Nesfield Road, Bristol Road, St Andrews Drive, Wharncliffe Road, Durhan Road, Wilton Place, Stamford Street, Belper Street and Union Road
Meanwhile, there are 15 Erewash Borough Council car parks in the surrounding area with a total of 811 spaces.
The charges for parking in these car parks are currently free for the first hour; up to two hours £1.50; three hours £2.00; and over four hours is £4.00.
Council planners say the lack of anywhere to park for free – for people who would be visiting the town centre daily or on a long-term basis, has helped cause the issue in residential areas.
They say visitors such as the staff and students at Derby College are among those who need a place to park on a regular basis and are having to pay to park consistently.
The county council suggests a new residents’ only parking scheme which covers all of the areas which have petitioned for a scheme.
It feels that bring in one large scheme would be better approach and would help solve the problem.
However, it says this would be a significant drag on staff resources, including consultations with all residents involved and would prove ‘very costly’.
A large part of the cost would be the monitoring and enforcement of the scheme once it is in place.
Officers reiterate that the scheme would only secure a spot for residents within the area covered by the scheme – it would not ensure people can park directly outside their homes.
It also would not allocate spots for all visitors.
The current charges for permits in existing residents-only parking schemes are:
£35 per year – for the first permit
£50 per year – for a second and/or each subsequent permit (dependent on scheme)
£13 per year – for a visitor permit (dependent on scheme)
£70 per year – for a business permit (limited to one per business)
Eddie Bisknell , Local Democracy Reporting Service