A parking scheme to reduce congestion by preventing commuters parking in the streets near a train station could soon be extended.
Wellingborough councillors have agreed to consult on extending a resident parking scheme around the area of the town’s train station to prevent commuters leaving their cars in the streets there to avoid paying station parking charges.
A permit scheme was introduced last summer on a number of streets following complaints from residents that they were unable to find spaces near their homes. The permits cost £25 a year.
The council will now consult on extending the scheme to include more streets and prevent congestion in hot spot areas, including Knox Road, Mill Road and Midland Road.
Cllr Tim Allebone said: “Residents in those streets have complained and so we’re offering them the chance to have the permit scheme extended. This should stop the parking issues in those streets, but also reduce the likelihood of the problem being relocated even further out. We do understand the reasoning of the commuters, as they’re not doing anything illegal and it’s obvious why they’d want to avoid parking charges of £8.50 a day at the station.
They are people who live in our borough and contribute to our communities, and we don’t want to alienate them. However we do need to take the concerns of residents who live close to the station seriously too.”