Kettering Council says it hopes to run new permit parking schemes in the town

Bowhill, in Kettering, is one of the streets whose residents voted in favour of the introduction of a new permit parking zone

Bowhill, in Kettering, is one of the streets whose residents voted in favour of the introduction of a new permit parking zone

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Residents living in a number of Kettering streets have been promised permit-controlled parking will be introduced after they voted in favour of it during a consultation earlier this year.

But the streets affected – West Street, Hazelwood Lane, Windermere Road, Bowhill and Legion Crescent, which were surveyed between August and October – will have to wait until a dispute over who runs the schemes is resolved.

Cllr Derek Zanger

Cllr Derek Zanger

At a meeting of Kettering Borough Council’s executive committee last night (Wednesday, December 10), councillors said they wanted the authority to be in charge.

The alternative would be for Northamptonshire County Council to run them.

A Kettering Council delegation, including leader Russell Roberts, chief executive David Cook and MP Philip Hollobone, will meet representatives of the Department for Transport in the new year to discuss the issue and push for the borough council to be in charge.

Speaking at the meeting, portfolio holder Cllr Derek Zanger (above) said: “What we don’t want to see is us as a borough council handing responsibility over to the county. We should keep it in hand and deal with it ourselves.

“Overall, permit parking has been successful. I would agree with these streets moving into the scheme, but not at the present time.”

Cllr Roberts said: “We take the view that we do this best. We will pause this until we know where we are going with it.”

The council leader also asked that complaints raised by a resident of Bowhill at the meeting, including that some motorists were using the road as a rat run, be brought to the attention of the police.

Under the Kettering Council permit parking set up, residents of the streets concerned who want to park on the road will have to buy a £45 annual permit.

Each address is also allowed to purchase three permits, as opposed to the county council scheme which only allows the purchase of two.

The full details of the new schemes are yet to be published, but in last night’s meeting report, Kettering Council said a permit would cost £45 and that visitor “scratch cards” would cost a further £6 for a book of 24.

In addition, regular visitors, such as nurses and tradesmen, would be able to purchase a voucher up to a maximum of an additional three per property.

In comparison, the county council scheme allows two permits per address, with the first costing £80 and the second £60.

The polls carried out earlier this year required a benchmark of 60 per cent in favour of the residents-only parking scheme before they could be implemented.

While West Street, Hazelwood Lane, Windermere Road, Bowhill and Legion Crescent all voted yes to residents-only parking, only 48 per cent of people in Pytchley Road and Patrick Road said they were in favour. At least 86 per cent of residents in all the streets affected responded to the consultation.