Port Vale Parking Scheme could affect local house prices

The local council are proposing making changes to the yellow lines and parking arrangements for Port Vale that could affect local house prices, home owners and businesses. Local resident, Andrew Figgis, is calling for a meeting of local residents in the Millstream Pub and we fully support all of his efforts. Andrew sums up the issue very clearly below:

PORT VALE PARKING SCHEME
PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS AS IT AFFECTS YOU AS YOU LIVE IN THIS ZONE
Did you realise East Herts District Council is proposing to introduce a residents parking scheme in the Port Vale area? All road space in the area of Port Vale (Hertford North side of the barrier) and Balfour Street (to the bridge) will be either paying resident parking bays or double yellow lines (no parking or waiting at any time).
This will REDUCE the number of parking spaces in the area
This is despite their own consultation process results which showed two thirds of residences responding in the whole zone wanted to keep the existing single lines 8am – 6pm Monday to Saturday restriction.
In our area, only people with permits/tickets will be able to park or wait in the permitted zone; these are in the car park area, 3 resident’s parking spaces in Port Vale, and 6 in Balfour Street.
You won’t be able to park, wait or stop anywhere else, even with a permit or ticket, at any time.
DID YOU REALISE THAT
• You will have to buy a resident’s parking permit/ticket from EHDC for each vehicle, whereas you currently park for free (at present ₤102 per annum for 2 cars, but once implemented, price at the whim of EHDC in future, with no recourse). Payment is per vehicle. It’s not a membership arrangement.
• You will have to pre-purchase parking tickets for ALL friends, visitors and deliveries. THIS INCLUDES RESIDENTS WITHOUT CARS.
• Despite having paid for the permit / ticket, you and your friends may not be able to park, as the number of residents’ cars is greater than the number of proposed spaces. You are not guaranteed a space. If you try to park in neighbouring streets, they are usually already full and have restrictions themselves, so you may have to park some considerable distance away.
• We, as a business and the local community pub, will be threatened as our clientele will have very limited parking.
• The absence of parked cars in the early morning and evening will increase the danger of speeding and potential for accidents to pedestrians in Port Vale and Balfour Street when most of the commuters drive through.
• There may well be an adverse effect on the value of your property due to these restrictions. (See overleaf).
We would like to gauge local opinion as to whether you are in favour or against this scheme.

Please simply tick your preference and add your name (optional), address (optional), street and any comments you may have.
(This is only being distributed to residents within the zone to the Hertford North side of the Port Vale tree barrier)
In favour of the scheme as it stands:

Against the scheme as it stands:

Name (optional)

Street / Address

Comments

And post it through our front door.
We propose to invite EHDC to the pub to discuss the matter in an open meeting and will publicise it in due course.
You are going to have to pay for a permit where you can currently park for free
Remember, you cannot wait or park at any time on the proposed double yellow lines, even to unload your shopping or children.
You are not guaranteed a space under the scheme even though you will have paid for the right to park.

Thank you, Andrew, for taking the time and effort to make sure that local residents are properly consulted on these plans!!