City motorists have been told they will not be forced to pay to park outside their homes during the Olympics if they don’t support a plan for new parking restrictions.
The city’s parking boss and Plaid Cymru councillor Neil McEvoy also doubts proposals to introduce residents’ parking permits as an “Olympics legacy” will even go ahead due to local opposition.
Coun McEvoy, the executive member for transport, last night stressed the scheme would only be implemented with the support of householders living on the affected streets.
As reported last week, Cardiff council is proposing the new parking restrictions for 46 streets in the inner city Riverside, Canton and Grangetown wards.
Almost 2,300 households have been told it could be introduced to ease parking pressures when Olympic football matches are staged at the Millennium Stadium this summer.
And 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. 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.
But Coun McEvoy said unless there was “proven demand” from the local communities then the scheme would not happen as long as he is in charge of transport.
He said: “Do we really think there are going to be floods of people coming to Cardiff given the level of events that London has decided to allocate to us?
“If the feedback is that the residents don’t want the street allocated residents’ parking at all, even on a temporary basis, then we will listen to them.”
He added: “Given the feedback in some streets, I would be very surprised that this even goes ahead.”
Once formal notices are published next month, the public will have three weeks to lodge objections.
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), meanwhile, has failed to respond to repeated requests from the Echo for a comment.
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THESE CITY STREETS WOULD BE COVERED UNDER THE PROPOSALS:
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