Following an article on Bracknell Forest Council's resident parking scheme in the Bracknell News, which unfortunately the council was not offered the opportunity to comment on, please find a statement below outlining Bracknell Forest Council's position on parking permits for residents:
Steve Loudoun, chief officer for environment and public protection, said:
"The council carried out a full and extensive consultation process on the proposed introduction of a permanent resident parking scheme following a pilot which ran between 2014 and 2016. The scheme was designed to ensure residents living close to the town centre are protected, where possible, from increased parking pressures due to the rising number of people coming to visit, work or shop in The Lexicon.
"As part of the consultation process, residents were made aware that a charge would need to be introduced for all resident parking permits, including visitor permits. Based on community feedback, a final decision to introduce a tailored scheme to specific areas was made, rather than retaining the scheme in all trial areas; this was made based on majority feedback from residents of those areas affected.
"The council does not profit from this scheme; the parking permit charges were set based on other Berkshire local authority parking permits schemes and allow the scheme to be self-funding as, with the funding pressures the council is facing, it does not have the resources to subsidise the scheme."
More information on our resident parking scheme can be found on our resident parking page.