Woman not happy with change to permit discount

A COUNTY resident believes the reduction to a car-parking permit discount is ‘unfair’.

Pensioner Sandra Hudspith was recently informed by Northumberland County Council that the concession rate for the county-wide permit had reduced from more than 20 per cent to 10 per cent.

She paid £86 for it last year and would have had to fork out £117 to cover the next 12 months. However, she has decided not to renew.

The decision was made by the previous administration last November.

The Ellington resident, who frequently visits Morpeth, said: “Although there is still a discount, I think the reduction is too big a jump and it’s unfair.

“The permit is now not worth having for me and if others think the same it could affect shops in Morpeth and other towns where people pay for parking.”

A county council spokeswoman said: “The then executive made the decision to increase the price of the county-wide permit from £110 to £130 for a 12-month permit. After the increase, the charge still equates to less than the cost of one hour’s parking per day.

“The concessionary permit is available to anyone over 60, full-time students and those who receive certain benefits. The permit was previously priced at a discount of 25 per cent against the cost of the standard permit, however the decision was made to reduce this discount to 10 per cent.

“The executive recognised the importance of the concessionary permit to a significant group of residents and was therefore keen to retain some level of concession.”

More information on this and other permits can be found at parking. northumberland.gov.uk