Dundee council puts brakes on £60 parking permit scheme

Cars parked in Bellfield Avenue, West End

Council bosses have put the brakes on a controversial new £60-a-year residents’ parking permit scheme

At a meeting of Dundee City Council’s city development committee last night, councillors agreed on a “temporary reprieve” for the plan to put annual fees in place for parts of Coldside, Maryfield and the West End.

The proposals will now be subject to a public consultation.

The decision follows concerns about the cost and practicalities of the measures proposed for a number of streets close to the city centre.

A similar subsidised scheme in Menzieshill currently charges residents about £7 a year for permits and several councillors raised concerns about the large difference in costs.

The chamber agreed to an amendment from Labour leader Richard McCready that the council should carry out consultation on the proposals.

Councillors said they wanted to see a report at the end of the process detailing a range of financial options for permits.

The move was supported by Liberal Democrat councillor Fraser Macpherson and Conservative leader Donald Hay.

Following the meeting, Councillor Macpherson said: “I felt it was vital that local residents and community groups are consulted on the scope of the scheme that will run in their own local areas so I moved an amendment that commits the council to undertaking such a consultation before scoping the fine detail of any scheme.

“The boundaries of where the scheme should run is something residents clearly have strong views on given my postbag over the past week, as is the cost of any permit.

“Additionally, residents have strong views on any proposal to limit permits to one per household.

“Many households have two vehicles — where on earth are residents supposed to park their other vehicle if they can’t park it near their home?”

A report previously said the plans would cost £723,000 to set up, with additional annual running costs of £103,000 to be covered by the sale of permits.

The scheme would have been phased in on an area-by-area basis, with a review of its effectiveness scheduled for 2020-21.