Local parking permits among the cheapest

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WIGAN residents live in one of the lowest paying boroughs for residential parking permits, it has been revealed today.

This information comes after a national survey found that some residents may be facing a ‘postcode lottery’ over the cost of residential parking permits.

Residential parking permits in Wigan stand at £17.50 for the year, one of the lowest charging councils in the country, with a 50 percent discount for pensioners, Blue Badge holders, people working at a Registered Charity or local places of worship.

The permits were introduced locally several years ago to ease parking problems for people living in certain areas.

One of the Wigan successes has been the scheme in and around roads in Swinley and Whitley were householders were plagued by staff from Wigan Infimary leaving their cars outside homes all day.

Out of the 433 UK councils, that took part in the survey, some are charging as much as £750 a year for permits, whilst others are given out completely free of charge.

The £750-a-year figure was the highest charged for some permits by Birmingham City Council and Manchester City Council.

Third in the list was Islington council in London where the highest permit was £434 a year. Next was Mole Valley Council in Surrey £350 followed by City Of Edinburgh Council £280 and Solihuill Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands £275.

The results of the survey showed that on average, the cost of a residential parking permit across the UK was £59.17.

Churchill Car Insurance head, Steve Barrett said: “Parking controls and permits play a huge part in keeping roads safe and clear, as well as ensuring residents have priority over spaces surrounding their property.

“Our research shows that parking permit costs vary considerably across the UK, so we’d urge motorists to factor this in when looking to purchase a new vehicle, especially if it is an additional vehicle.”

A Wigan Council spokesman said: “These charges cover the administration, enforcement and maintenance of the scheme.”