Student streets are the focus for changes to the way parking permits are issued in the city.
Cardiff council launched its consultation today on plans including cutting the number of permits per household to two and raising residents parking to 75 per cent on some streets.
Councillor Delme Bowen, the man responsible for transport in the capital, said: “Where there are houses with lots of students living in them we need to limit the number of permits being given out.
“We want to find out what people think about these proposals. We know there are problems areas and we need to target them.
“These changes are the little brother of the parking enforcement changes we made last year. We need people to believe we can enforce resident parking and give them confidence they will get a parking space.”
Paul Thomas, who manages the civil parking enforcement scheme, said his officers had been informing them of “hot-spots” for resident parking problems.
Mr Thomas acknowledged there were issues with parking in student areas, such as Llandaff North, where students commute into university.
He said: “At the moment the policy is residents with drives can’t apply for resident-only parking, but under the new scheme we would change this.”
Llandaff North councillor Jacqui Hooper said: “At the moment we have a massive parking problem, I can’t comment on that without looking at how we’re going to sort something out in our ward. It’s difficult, each ward is very difficult. With the parking we have in our ward it’s definitely students, from the comments we receive at PACT meetings, it’s definitely students we have parking problems with.
“The SU of the University should take full responsibility, as should the students. At the end of the day, they offer the fantastic UWIC bus service, and they don’t seem to be using it. Unless they say they live somewhere else, I don’t know why they aren’t using it. I know a few of these students live outside Cardiff, the route is there, the public transport is there, and yet they still persist on over-crowding our streets, and causing mayhem.”
Alex Middle, 21, a student who lives in Cathays, said: “My housemate didn’t even bother getting a permit, he just parks where he is legally allowed to. Sometimes there’s not many places to park. It’s the people who just park on the corners and make it impossible for you to even turn a corner. That annoys me more than not being able to find a space. A car at University is an afterthought, you think it once you get here, it doesn’t affect your decision at all.”
Another student, Edward Songaila, said the permit change would be bad news for his house: “It’s bad enough that you have to even pay in the first place. There’s three of us in this house, so we’d be affected by any change. The council don’t appear to check permits properly anyway, I applied for a visitor permit for my house, and I’ve still had two parking tickets. I’m not going to pay them, they can take me to court.”
Gareth Jenkins, who commutes into work in Cathays from Sully, said: “Any increase in these streets to 75 per cent would be a nightmare. It is difficult to find somewhere to park round here. A lot of students are parking here during term-time, but when they go home it’s easy to find a space.”
The consultation runs until March 4th. You can fill in an online survey in English or Welsh. The council is writing to every household that currently has resident parking and also putting out the survey through Capital Times.
What do you think about the changes to parking permits? Do you live on a street with resident parking? Let us know about your parking issues in the city.
Additional reporting by Andy Halls