A plan to introduce a permit parking zone to some areas of Dundee has been met with resistance following a community meeting.
Last month, the city council announced that it would embark on a consultation with residents in parts of the West End, Coldside and East End on the issue of an annually paid parking permit.
It is hoped that the proposed £62-a-year pass would cut down on the number of “park and striders” who park in residential streets and walk into town in order to avoid paying in the city centre.
A scheme already exists in Menzieshill, the city centre and Broughty Ferry.
However, Coldside residents are concerned it would only lead to further problems.
They told a meeting of the local community forum that park and striders would simply park further out — and instead called on the council to reduce city centre parking fees.
One resident branded the proposal a “tax on motorists” from deprived areas, who had no choice but to park on the streets.
He said: “Having a car doesn’t mean you’re wealthy. It’s the wealthiest people who can park their cars on a drive — the poorest can’t.”
Other concerns raised included whether allowances would be made for elderly residents attending church, or those visiting friends and relatives living in permit-controlled areas.
Administration councillor Mark Flynn said the policy would only apply during the same times as on-street parking in the city centre.
At present, that runs from 8am-6pm Monday-Saturday, and from 1pm-6pm on Sundays.
Mr Flynn said: “People have complained to me about parking since I got elected. It’s been the number one issue. All the councillors have had contact from residents about parking.
“This is a solution we believe will help residents with what’s happening.”
However, Mr Flynn provoked anger when he appeared to side with park and striders, noting: “It’s not against the law.”
The council is set to hold its consultation on the residents’ parking scheme at the end of this month.
Margaret Wemyss, chairing the forum, asked councillors for a guarantee that it would not amount to “lip service”.
Mr Flynn said: “We’re looking for comments from residents for and against it — we’re taking it all on board. Then it will be going back to the council.”