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New fight over city parking zones
Signs protesting against the plans
A campaign was fought against the plans in Canton and Riverside
Cardiff Council says it will "press ahead" with plans to control parking in five areas, despite a new campaign against the scheme in two suburbs.

The council says new measures, such as paid-for permits for residents, are needed to improve parking.

Plans for Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) in Canton and Riverside were abandoned after an overwhelming "no" vote in a referendum last month.

A campaign against them has begun in two other areas, Roath and Cathays.

The original CPZ scheme would have seen parking restrictions introduced across several areas of Cardiff including Cathays, Gabalfa, Riverside, Roath, Canton and Cardiff Bay.

I've never seen people so annoyed over an issue
Newsagent Tony Dudden

The council introduced the proposals because it said many householders and businesses have difficulty finding parking space on the streets.

It said measures including pay-and-display parking and paid-for permits for residents were increasingly necessary to combat the problem with the growth of Cardiff as a city.

A campaign opposing the scheme was organised in Canton and Riverside, where many residents claimed the scheme was a "stealth tax" which would not improve parking issues.

A referendum held last month in Canton saw a 12-1 majority vote against.

The council has now dropped the proposals in Canton and for neighbouring Riverside, but said it would "press ahead" with the scheme elsewhere.

'Listened to views'

CPZs are being rolled out from summer, when they will be introduced in parts of the city centre.

The council's executive member for transport and environment, Elgan Morgan, said: "We have listened to the views of residents and local ward members and acknowledge there may be issues in this area [Canton and Riverside] which are different from the other areas in which we are proposing to introduce CPZs.

Traffic in Cardiff city centre
The council says measures are needed to combat increased traffic

"Residents tell us that it is currently easier to park near the shops there than in other shopping centres elsewhere in the city and they were less than convinced that the proposals would make it easier for them to park.

"Meanwhile, the necessary arrangements for the introduction of CPZs in the other five areas of the city will press ahead as will the implementation of decriminalised parking which will eradicate illegal parking and improve public transport."

But some traders in the Roath and Cathays area of Cardiff have begun a campaign against the plans with two public meeting planned for early in March.

Tony Dudden, who owns a newsagent on Albany Road, Roath, said the plans were "bad for business".

He added: "I've been here 41 years and there have always been parking problems, but we won't be any better off with these plans.

"The CPZ will not create any more spaces and I can't help feeling many of the shops here will go by the wayside.

"I've never seen people so annoyed over an issue."

However, a council spokeswoman said the scheme would create more parking spaces overall.

Plaid Cymru South Wales Central AM Owen John Thomas said he was confident a new campaign against the CPZs could be won.

He added: "There are a number of solutions to the car parking problems in Roath and Cathays.

"It would mean great co-operation between the council, local people and the university and it would mean the council starting from the point of a fully integrated transport system for Cardiff.

"You would have a park and ride system in convenient places and the city needs to be fully served by public transport."




SEE ALSO
Residents say no to parking plan
27 Jan 07 |  South East Wales
City parking zones a step nearer
23 Jun 06 |  South East Wales
Two to one for city zone parking
29 Jun 06 |  South East Wales
Residents vote for parking ballot
08 Jan 07 |  South East Wales
Council leaders back parking plan
13 Jan 07 |  South East Wales

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