A family with five cars have blasted their local council for charging them over £200 to park outside their home.

The Hammond family are in dispute with the council, having lived in their home for the last three decades.

Mum Angela, has shared the ongoing complaint she is enduring with her husband, two adult daughters and her two elderly parents - who all live in the house.

Collectively the family has five motors, three of which can be parked on the drive and another two vehicles which need on-street parking.

Angela revealed the situation has became so desperate that one car has to be parked miles away at a nearby train station.

Angela says Rushmoor Borough Council is stopping families from expanding due to their parking restrictions
Angela says Rushmoor Borough Council is stopping families from expanding due to their parking restrictions

She claims they have been rejected for the £50 annual permit and have to instead buy visitor tickets costing a total of £255 each year.

Angela says Rushmoor Borough Council is stopping families from expanding due to their parking restrictions, Hampshire Live reports.

The family have managed to secure an extra disabled parking space for her elderly father at their home St Georges Road in Aldershot.

But Angela’s daughter has not been able to park on the street since 24-hour permit parking was introduced in March 2020.

Angela told Hampshire Live : “The council said they asked every household about the permit parking but they certainly never came here.

“We’ve spoken to neighbours too who didn’t hear from anyone at the time either.

“We didn’t really have any issues with street parking before the permits were introduced, the only time was maybe on a Saturday when the football was on.

“You might not have been able to park outside your front door, but you could park within a close vicinity but now we can’t park anywhere and we’re having to pay out parking tickets.”

The Hammond's have managed to secure an extra disabled parking space
The Hammond's have managed to secure an extra disabled parking space

Because the family are unable to buy an annual permit, one car has to park in the Aldershot Railway Station car park.

The car park is free after 5pm, but costs £5.50 for the whole day.

The family can also use visitor parking permits to park on the street and the council allow each household to buy 204 per year.

Every 12 tickets costs £15, which means in total the family spend £255 on visitor parking.

An annual parking permit from Rushmoor Borough Council costs just £50 and if available, £75 for a second permit.

Mrs Hammond added: “Once you’ve bought your limit for the year, you can’t buy anymore which means you’re not allowed visitors, so on Christmas Day my family won’t be able to visit because we will have no visitor permits left.

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“I have asked the council on numerous occasions if we can buy an annual permit, which I am more than happy to do, but they’ve said no.

“I’ve reached the point now where I’m quite tempted to park the car outside the house and keep getting tickets until they pay attention.”

Councillor Maurice Sheehanm, Rushmoor Borough Council’s cabinet member for operational services, explained household’s with off-road parking cannot buy parking permits under council policy.

The councillor added: “Residents can buy up to 204 visitor parking sessions over a 12-month period.

“The purpose of the scheme is to help residents’ visitors park, and they shouldn’t be used to obtain permits for additional vehicles for a household, which some residents were doing when using the previous system.

“This caused real difficulties for other residents who rely on parking in the road because they do not have any off-street parking.”

Cllr Sheehanm said that in June 2019 the council wrote to residents about the 24-hour-scheme and added that many residents were in ‘favour’ of the changes.

He said the council has only received one complaint since starting the scheme.