They are introducing a £30 charge to park outside the house. Do I risk sending the following email? Has anyone done similar or know of any successful challenges?
I have paid the £30 for the permit but am more concerned about the likely year on year increases. Originally you got two free permit and 6 packs of visitors permits, then just one free permit, then they charged for the visitors permits... they do have form for this sort of thing
I live within a parking permit zone near the General Hospital. The implementation of the parking permits has been a great success and allows residents to park near their houses rather than being overrun by the cars of the visitors and staff from the hospital.
Southampton Council has now introduced a £30 charge for each permit. Apparently this is because of the costs they have incurred in policing the parking. If this accurately reflected the cost of enforcing the permits it may be defensible, we will let the courts decide.
The slightly more serious issue is that they are simply not enforcing the parking permits. I work from home a lot so my car is parked outside of my house most days. When I changed my car I had to apply for a temporary permit until I received the V5 for the car. I received no reminder when the temporary permit expired and I forgot about it. This means the car was parked on the street in a permit zone without a valid permit from September until...
...the day the charges were introduced for permits.
That means that for 4 months the permits were unchecked. Assuming they had checked the permits the day before mine had expired and it was coincidence that it was spotted up on the day that the charges were introduced this means there are a maximum of three checks a year on cars in my road. I plan to appeal against the permit charges so require so basic information from the Parking Services team.
Please can I have a statement showing:
1. How many times on average the permits on any given street will be checked
2. The costs and revenue associated with these checks broken down by
i. Labour costs
ii. Administrative costs for ticket processing
iii. Administrative costs
iv. Revenue generated from tickets.