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Cardiff streets vote against Olympic residents-only parking

Residents have voted against residents-only parking in over half of roads proposed as part of an Olympic-backed scheme.

A majority of residents opposed the proposals in 30 out of 56 streets from the Riverside, Canton and Grangetown areas of Cardiff. Only those streets with a majority of respondents in favour will continue to the consultation stage, and those with less than 60% in favour in Grangetown would also not proceed.

As part of the Olympics, the Millennium Stadium is hosting 11 football matched between 25th July and 10th August.  In February, Cardiff Council contacted 2276 households proposing the introduction of residents-only parking in order to ensure that local residents would be able to park during the Games, and to keep it afterwards as an “Olympic legacy”. The scheme will be funded by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

However, the proposal drew criticism that it was introducing the parking permit scheme “by stealth”.  Similar measures are being introduced in London near Olympic venues, but only on a temporary basis. A council spokesman said that the new schemes in Cardiff would be “permanent” as legislation in Wales does not allow for temporary schemes.

Canton Labour councillor Ramesh Patel , who accused the council of acting “by stealth”, welcomed the findings, saying, “I think there’s been quite a large number of streets that have been basically refused and that’s what we expected in the beginning. Why did they need to look at the streets when we could have told them there was no call for residents’ parking?”

475 streets across Cardiff already have residents-only parking. Households are limited to two permits. The first costs £5 per year and the second £30 per year, with visitor permits at £5.

View WalesOnline’s Olympic Parking Map.

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