Parking stories from across Surrey

Today, This is Surrey reports that Leatherhead residents are angry over parking permit increase.

DRIVERS are incensed after the council hiked the cost of residential parking permits by 75 per cent.

Residents of Church Walk in Leatherhead, an alleyway off Church Road, have no on-street parking and so have to park hundreds of metres from their homes to avoid yellow lines.

Each year Mole Valley District Council issues 15 residential permits for the Church Road car park, which backs on to the alley, but when residents received renewal notices last week they were shocked to see the price has risen from £200 a year to £350.

“I think it’s absolutely disgraceful,” said resident Kay Siggery. “When I first came here you could park on the road then they came and put double yellow lines everywhere.

“We are just like sitting ducks and again they’re going to get the motorists.”

Yesterday, the Surrey Advertiser reported the green light has been given for Cranleigh’s parking scheme.

PLANS to introduce residents-only parking schemes in two roads in the centre of Cranleigh have been given the green light.

The decision by members of Surrey County Council’s Waverley local committee should mean an end to the misery experienced by people living in St James’s Place and Victoria Road.

Not so happy will be people living in the High Street, who have been used to parking in St James’s Place and who were among those objecting to the proposals to introduce the residents’ permits.

One, in response to the county council consultation, asked: “Where am I supposed to park? I live and work in the High Street and can only park in St James’s Place.”

Another said: “If this scheme is progressed, we will have nowhere to park except the expensive Sainsbury’s car park. This is forcing us into a very unfair position.”