Parking permits: Where do you draw the line?

With a fresh wave of permit-only parking zones being laid in Hulme, we’ve been asked several questions by our readers about what it means to them and why there is such a need.

Since the demolition of the Crescents, Hulme has gone through a large-scale regeneration and ‘gentrification’ process which has had ongoing effects on both traditional residents in social housing and newer residents moving into private and student accommodation. Parking has been a major flashpoint between the two groups. Where social housing lays side-by-side with private and student accommodation, social housing tenants have complained about streets being “crammed” with vehicles from private residents preferring not to use their off-road parking facilities. One local resident complained that “often they park right on the kerb; young mums can’t even push their prams on the pavement.”

But it’s not just residents that park in Hulme. The area’s borders dissolve into bustling parts of the City Centre like Castlefield, All Saints and the University campuses. Within its borders are a college and several schools as well as the new Manchester Metropolitan University campus. Around 9am and 3pm schools such as Webster, Rolls Crescent and St. Phillips bring plenty of traffic, not to mention the nearby Trinity and Manchester Academy. If you look in the streets off and around Bold Street during the hours that Loreto College is open cars spill into the neighbouring areas of Old Trafford and Moss Side. During construction Hulme Community Garden Centre complained that contractors’ parking was causing a nuisance, even blocking their entrance, and since it opened residential streets have been flooded with cars.

To help bring order to Hulme’s chaotic parking situation, the Council has gone about zoning permit-only parking zones in neighbourhoods to a mixed reaction. On the face of it, the pro’s for local residents are obvious, but the reality is not so clear. For example, if you return home from a journey in your car between 8am and 6pm, the permit-only zone won’t guarantee you a space as anyone can park there for up to three hours. If you often have guests who drive and stay for more than three hours then you will need to buy a visitor permit which costs £45 a year. Local critics are reluctant to see such restrictions on their doorsteps but supporters of the new scheme are happy that something is being done to alleviate packed streets lined with cars.

What do you think? Are you satisfied?

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