Parking revenue in Chichester set to rise

Congested parking on St James' Road Chichester. C140453-3
Congested parking on St James' Road Chichester. C140453-3

INCOME from parking fines and permits could double as new controlled parking zones (CPZs) have been rolled out in Chichester.

West Sussex County Council, which receives the money from permits and fines for on-street parking, said the number of residential on-street parking spaces in permit zones had doubled as a result of the expansion in the city.

Roads popular with commuters, such as Adelaide Road and Tozer Way, are now in controlled parking zones, meaning workers are finding alternative spots to park further out of town.

A freedom of information request by the Observer, revealed West Sussex County Council generated more than £1.4m in the past four years from parking permits and fines in the Chichester district.

With the increase in residents’ bays, this figure looks set to double.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “Residents across Chichester have asked us to extend the current parking scheme. This is in response to inconsiderate, and often anti-social parking by motorists, who have caused huge inconvenience to residents and businesses alike.

“The Chichester parking scheme extension is expected to make a significant contribution to road safety, reduce congestion and ease of access for residents, businesses and visitors to Chichester.”

Although the number of permits issued is expected to double, the spokesman said it was too early to comment on actual numbers.

There are mixed views on the permit expansion, which covers Little Breach, Woodlands Lane, and parts of St Paul’s Road.

David Denton, who lives off of St Paul’s Road, said he was ‘disgusted’ by the amount of money raised by permits 
and fines.

He said: “I don’t think you should have to pay to park outside your own house. The council should spend some of the money they earn on the fines and permits on fixing the potholes that litter the roads in Chichester.”

Julia Egleton, of Woodlands Lane, is more understanding about the expansion.

She said: “I think it’s fair as Little Breach is terrible during the day with commuters parking. All the verges along the side of the road have been worn away. I’m not overly happy about paying, but I think it is a necessary evil.”

More than 100 residential roads in Chichester became controlled parking zones this year, and residents will be charged up to £40 a year for their first permit – and up to £200 for a second car.

Prices for non-residents are more costly – with permit costs reaching £225.