This is an open letter to Chris Major, head of parking services.
Thanks for your letter of March 4 giving – at very short notice – details of the new MiPermit scheme.
It all seems sensible until one reads that visitor permits are available only as a minimum of four hours which, for a number of regular visitors to our house, means that we suffer a massive rise in the cost of parking permits (not to mention that we will go through our annual entitlement much more quickly).
Your letter states that records show that the majority of visitors currently stay over four hours. A majority could be 50.1 per cent, hardly a resounding mandate for such a move, and the figures are almost certainly distorted by those who forget to deactivate the visitor permit immediately the visitor leaves.
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Please may I request that you revisit this aspect of the scheme. It seems a very harsh way of replacing at extra cost to the residents something that was designed, as I recall, as an alternative to one-day paper permits.
Martin Norman Lyncombe Hill Bath