HCC’s Planned Changes to On Street Residents Permits

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As part of Hampshire County Council’s (HCC) T19 budget saving programme, the authority has served notice to terminate the agency agreement whereby TVBC enforce on-street parking restriction and administrate on-street resident permit zones within Test Valley. From 1 April 2020 this function will transfer back to HCC who are the highway authority.

The borough council currently charges £15 per permit for both resident and resident-visitor permits for the permit zones in Andover and Romsey.

The charge covers the cost of issuing permits, which includes checking eligibility and managing the permit database. It does not cover the cost of introducing or amending the Traffic Regulation Orders required for resident permit zones or the provision and maintenance of the signs and lines for the restrictions. These are currently funded by HCC from their highway budgets.

As reported in the Romsey Advertiser and Andover Advertiser, HCC plan to introduce a minimum charge across the county of £50 for the first permit. This is to enable the permit charge to fully fund the cost of introducing and maintaining resident permit zones only.

Details are not currently available on what the charge would be for any second resident or visitor permits.

In the articles in the papers reference was made to the increased charges being introduced in April 2019. This is not the case. HCC has confirmed that the new pricing will not be introduced until 1 April 2020, after the current agency agreements with districts terminate.

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