Cardiff council has been accused of using the Olympic Games to introduce residents’ parking permit schemes across large swathes of the city “by stealth”.
The authority this week sent letters to 2,276 households stating that resident-only parking could be introduced in their street as a “Games legacy”.
With the Millennium Stadium hosting 11 football matches during the Games between July 25 and August 10, it says the scheme would “ensure residents have access to parking spaces during the events”.
But it goes on to say that the council “would like to keep it in place as a Games legacy for Cardiff”.
The new parking restrictions would impact on 46 streets across the three inner city wards of Riverside, Canton and Grangetown. This is in addition to the 475 streets already with residential parking.
Some of the proposed new streets – including Victoria Park Road West in Victoria Park and Conway Road in Pontcanna – are located some two miles from the Millennium Stadium.
From June, half of the parking spaces on the extra 46 streets would be turned into resident-only spaces and the other half would be left for general use. Households would be limited to two permits, with the first one costing £5 a year and the second costing £30. Visitor permits would be available for £5 each.
Labour councillors were last night furious the new measures were being imposed without prior consultation, while residents told the Echo that parking permits were not needed in their street.
Canton councillor Cerys Furlong said: “It’s outrageous that these letters should be sent out without consultation with residents or members to determine the need.”
Councillor Ramesh Patel added: “It seems the council are using the Games to introduce residents’ parking permits by stealth.”
The executive member for transport, Coun Neil McEvoy, insisted a “proper consultation” would be carried out.
A Cardiff council spokesman said the permits would come into force in June and the roll-out was being paid for by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).
LOCOG is funding similar parking measures in parts of London near Games venues. In London, however, the scheme is only temporary.
The council spokesman said in Cardiff, new residents’ parking permits would be “permanent” as legislation in Wales does not allow temporary schemes.
Louise Hawkins, who led the successful campaign to stop council attempts in 2009 to introduce a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in Canton, said: “This is misleading information and to hide behind the Olympics as the reason for doing it is just not on.”
PARKING PERMITS COULD BE INTRODUCED ON THE FOLLOWING STREETS
Conway Road (Penhill Road-Mortimer Road), Conway Road (Mortimer Road-Aquilla Court), Conway Road (Aquilla Court-Romilly Crescent), Llanfair Road (Llandaff Road-No 38), Llanfair Road (No 44-Penhill Road), Meadow Street, Bloom Street, Beacon Street, Llandaff Road.
Greenfield Avenue, Romilly Road West (Victoria Park-Ivy Street), Romilly Road West (Ivy Street-Clive Street), Victoria Park Road East (Cowbridge Road East-Forrest Road), Victoria Park Road East (Forrest Road-Romilly Road West), Victoria Avenue, Ivy Street, Fern Street, Daisy Street, Ethel Street, Forrest Road, Turner Road, Nesta Road, Kingsland.
Avoca Place, Bedwas Street, Bishop Street, Chester Place, Chester Street, Compton Street, Cornwall Street, Court Road, Devon Place, Devon Street, Dorset Street, Hereford Street, Jubilee Street, Machen Street, Maitland Place, North Clive Street, North Street, Rookwood Street, Rudry Street, Rutland Street, Somerset Street, Stafford Road, Ty-Nant Street, Van Street, Virgil Street, Warwick Place, Warwick Street, Wedmore Road