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Family with FIVE cars complain council is refusing to give them another annual parking permit

A family of six have bemoaned having to pay to park part of their fleet of five cars on the street outside their home.

Angela Hammond and her family have lived in St Georges Road in Aldershot for nearly 30 years and have faced no parking issues until last year.

But post pandemic the council has said because they already have a drive to park three of their motors on they cannot get more parking permits for the street.

Mrs Hammond said today she believed Rushmoor Borough Council was stopping families from getting larger with their permit rules.

Six adults live in her home - herself and her husband, her two daughters and her two elderly parents. 

After negotiating with the council, the family managed to secure a disabled parking bay outside the home for her elderly father.

Angela Hammond and family have lived on Aldershot-based road for 30 years, she said today

Rushmoor Borough Council will not given them a permit for one of the two left they can't park

But Mrs Hammond's daughter has been unable to park her car on the street since the introduction of 24-hour permit parking in March 2020.

She said: '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.'

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. 

Mrs Hammond says she think that the council is stopping families expanding with park rule

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.

'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 that household's with off-road parking cannot purchase parking permits under council policy.

The councillor added: 'These conditions apply to all our permit schemes in Rushmoor, irrespective of the number of vehicles at a property.

'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 further explained: 'In December 2019 we wrote again to residents, advising them we would be going ahead with advertising the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for these changes.

'The proposed TRO was advertised on street, via notices on lighting columns, in a local newspaper, and on the council's website in line with the legal process. The public had four weeks to object to the proposals, but we received no significant objections.

'To date we have only received one complaint from St Georges Road since the change in times of scheme came into operation.'