Residents say parking permit fee is too high

Lee Nolan at the parking space in Rangemore Drive he will have to pay to use as part of ESCCs attempt to reduce parking issues created by the DGH. August 27th 2013 E35256P
Lee Nolan at the parking space in Rangemore Drive he will have to pay to use as part of ESCCs attempt to reduce parking issues created by the DGH. August 27th 2013 E35256P

After years of battling with hospital staff and visitors for parking spaces outside his house, an Eastbourne resident says he is ‘outraged‘ to be charged an annual parking permit fee of £75.

Lee Nolan, of Rangemore Drive, says he was initially pleased when East Sussex County Council put up resident-only parking bays outside his home because it meant he would no longer have to compete with Eastbourne DGH’s many staff and visitors for a space.

However, he recently received a letter from the council explaining there would be a fee of £75. Lee lives with his mother who is a blue badge holder and she will have to pay £5 a year – because of this the household has two cars and a permit for a second car is £75. The cost for a first car is usually £25.

Lee says this new permit scheme, which comes in to force on September 5, is an ‘unreasonable’ amount of money.

He said, “Lots of the houses down here have got two cars so they will be paying £100 for permits.

“The £75 will have to pay is almost six months’ road tax. “To add insult to injury, I work in London during the week, so will only be using it two days a week at the weekend.”

Lee says the permit does not even guarantee him a space.

East Sussex County Council consulted residents about the scheme but Lee says he and his neighbours were never asked about the fee and how much they would be prepared to pay.

An East Sussex County Council spokesperson said, “The cost of permits was included in the original consultation with residents.

“The charge for a permit goes towards the running costs and enforcement of the scheme.

“However, we’re happy to confirm that Mr Nolan is able to pay £25 for a permit for his vehicle and then £5 for the car with the blue badge.”