Drivers unaware of permit price hike amid 'battle' for parking spots

Norwich City Council parking permits will increase from Monday, August 8

Norwich City Council parking permits will increase from Monday, August 8 - Credit: Maya Derrick

Motorists living in controlled parking zones have slammed the council for not making them aware that permit prices are increasing.

Permits are issued by Norwich City Council but the decision to raise the rates - which have not been increased for more than a decade - from August 8 was made by Norfolk Parking Partnership at Norfolk County Council earlier this year.

The county-wide initiative will also see on-street parking tickets rise.

Parking permits in Norwich have gone paperless - but people can check if vehicles have them online.

Price increases are due to a decision made earlier this year by Norfolk Parking Partnership - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The cost of a permit for a medium-length vehicle in the city will increase from £37.20 to £46.50 a year - up 20pc.

Updates on permits and parking charges would come from Norwich City Council.

The council could not confirm what forms of notification were used to alert permit holders and those living in controlled zones - if any.

Michael Duffield lives in Sussex Street, just of St Augustines Street.

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The retired builder has to park his car at his daughter's home in the Heartsease estate because he cannot get a St Augustines permit.

Michael Duffield, 71, parks his car in Heartsease because he cannot get a permit for St Augustines

Michael Duffield, 71, parks his car in Heartsease because he cannot get a permit for St Augustines - Credit: Maya Derrick

"I can't park outside my own home," he said.

"It's a battle. I don't have internet so I used to ring the council.

"I've had a permit in the past but I've struggled since April to get a new one.

"You're lucky if you get a space in Sussex Street, even with a permit."

Sussex Street in NR3, just off St Augustines Street

Sussex Street in NR3, just off St Augustines Street - Credit: Maya Derrick

The 71-year-old has recently landed a £70 fine for parking his car in Sussex Street.

He was also unaware of the price rise coming into effect.

Neighbour Lyn Honeywood-Hall, 74, said: "I didn't realise the price was going up.

"With everything else happening now you come to expect it.

Lyn Honeywood-Hall of Sussex Street was unaware that the price of her parking permit would increase from August 8

Lyn Honeywood-Hall of Sussex Street was unaware that the price of her parking permit would increase from August 8 - Credit: Maya Derrick

"It's going to be another nail in the coffin for people. They may want to stop driving.

"Parking here is first come first served but it is difficult.

"The permit we have for my husband's car is a big premium.

"And when you can't even park for paying that, you often think 'What's the point?'"

Martin Wilby, Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Martin Wilby, Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Councillor Martin Wilby (Cons), chairman of the Norfolk Parking Partnership, said: "We had to ensure the fees cover the increased costs of running the parking service while working towards a more fair and consistent tariff approach across the county."