Impact of promenade parking charges on neighbouring streets to be monitored

Car parked on South Parade
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Residents parking zones could be considered to mitigate the impact of the introduction of parking charges on the promenades in West Kirby and Hoylake.

Councillors last month ratified the controversial decision, which the cash-strapped local authority says will bring in £1 million a year.

But the decision has not gone down well in the areas affected.

On West Kirby Today’s Facebook page, people living on neighbouring roads in the seaside towns have expressed concern that visitors will leave their vehicles on surrounding streets in order to avoid paying.

Now, on a new webpage about the parking changes, the council has revealed it will monitor the situation after the charges are introduced next year, before deciding if measures need to be introduced.

South Parade, in West Kirby
South Parade, in West Kirby

It states: “It’s not possible to say exactly what might happen following the introduction of parking charges so each location will be monitored.

“Additional traffic management measures such as residents parking zones and yellow lines will be considered where essential for the safety of road users.”

It adds: “Applications for new resident parking schemes that are a result of the new parking charges will only be considered once the impacts have been fully reviewed and there may need to be a new application process for residents to apply to.”

The council is currently reviewing its entire residents parking scheme policy, so it is possible changes will be made to it in the near future.

Under the current policy, 85 per cent of the available space on the road must be occupied for more than six hours a day from Monday to Saturday for a scheme to be eligible.

Applicants also need a minimum of 300 properties, and have support for the scheme from 80 per cent of the households.

They also have to pay a one off fee of £75 per property and an annual charge of £10 for each permit held.

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