Hike for residential parking permits across the New Forest
THE cost of residential parking permits across the New Forest will increase under moves by Hampshire County Council to “modernise” the service.
Since the change was agreed in 2018, residents in 17 streets across Lymington, Brockenhurst, Barton, Ringwood, Lyndhurst, Totton and Hythe have seen the annual price they pay per car go up incrementally from between £25 and £31 to £50 from 1st April.
According to HCC, this is to avoid the service running at a loss and “drawing resources away from vital highways maintenance” across the county.
The changes mean there will now be a county-wide standardised charge, and each resident will get up to 100 free day-visitor permits a year.
Permits will also go digital and vehicles will be checked against an electronic database.
“However, in Hampshire districts, where the permit charges were originally very low, it was agreed that the permit increases would be introduced incrementally over a period of up to three years.
“All affected residents were advised of the changes by letter, and the county council received no objections.
“The increase from 1st April 2021 is £10, taking the cost of the permit from £40 to £50 for 12 months – less than 14p per day.”
The spokesperson added: “There are relatively few residential parking schemes within the New Forest, and the changes only affect residents who live within a residential parking zone.”