Proposals to introduce residents’ parking permit schemes across large swathes of Cardiff during the Olympic Games will be welcomed by households, according to local councillors.
Cardiff council is proposing new parking restrictions for 46 streets in the inner city Riverside, Canton and Grangetown wards when Olympic football matches are staged at the Millennium Stadium this summer.
If supported by householders, the authority says the scheme – which is being funded by the London 2012 Organising Committee as a “Games legacy” – could be made permanent.
It would see half of the parking on the streets restricted to residents only, with the other half available for general use.
Each of the 2,276 affected households would be limited to two permits, with the first costing £5 a year and the second costing £30. Visitor permits would be available for £5. The proposal yesterday won cross-party support from councillors who say many of their constituents struggle to find a space to park outside their homes.
Grangetown’s Liberal Democrat councillor Francesca Montemaggi said: “I have been campaigning for residents’ parking, particularly in the north of Grangetown, because we have a lot of commuters and the residents do suffer. We also need to accommodate shoppers and I want different options looked at.”
Riverside’s Plaid Cymru councillor Mohammed Islam said people living in Pontcanna would also welcome the move, saying: “There is great difficulty parking in Pontcanna, especially on Llandaff and Conway roads, and if you live there you’d see this as a big relief.”
Councillor Iona Gordon, who also represents the Riverside ward, confirmed she was aware of the proposals and said it “made sense” to be a permanent solution rather than temporary.
Her Labour colleagues in neighbouring Canton, however, have complained about a lack of consultation.
A resident of Victoria Park Road East, one of the affected roads, told the Echo that the restriction was not needed and would cause difficulties for people travelling from other parts of the city.
Letters have been sent to all affected homes this week. A council spokeswoman said: “The letters sent to residents are the beginning of a consultation process that will allow residents the opportunity to decide whether such a scheme is appropriate for their area.”
Once formal notices are published, the public will have three weeks to lodge objections.
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