MOTORISTS living in the Boston town area will be offered half-price car park season tickets after the borough council rejected a the idea of a residents' parking scheme.
People had complained to Boston Borough Council that they were having trouble parking near their homes, so the authority started looking into whether it should introduce a residents' only parking scheme.
A council spokesman said: "The survey was conducted after residents in some streets in the town centre approached the council with concerns about difficulties parking near their homes, compounded by enforcement of parking rules after a long period of a more relaxed attitude to parking. Some residents asked for a priority parking scheme."
The council sent out 1,245 questionnaires to residents, but only 170 people responded. An overwhelming majority of people who answered the questions were in favour of the idea.
But the response rate was not high enough for the council to work out specific areas where residents had problems parking, were in favour of a parking scheme and were prepared to pay for it.
Instead the council is now looking at helping residents find a place to park by offering a half-price season ticket for car parks in the town.
An annual season ticket normally costs £440, but residents would be allowed to buy them for £220. This would entitle them to park 24-hours a day, all year round in any council-run long-term car park. There will also be money-saving options for those who want to pay monthly – £20 instead of £40 – and quarterly – £55 instead of £110.
The council's cabinet has agreed the reduced price tickets should be made available from January 1 and be available to residents living in certain streets to use in the town's car parks.
The reduced rate tickets will be available from Municipal Buildings in West Street but applicants will need to bring with them proof that they are a resident in any of the dedicated streets.
Fydell Crescent, Queen Street, George Street, Liquorpond Street, High Street, South Street, Bridge Street, South Square, Paddock Grove, Bond Street, Victoria Place, West Street, Red Lion Street, Rosegarth Street, Norman Avenue, James Street, Fountain Lane, Trinity Street, Tunnard Street, Station Approach, Thorold Street, Station Street, Tawney Street, Lincoln Lane, Hartley Street, Tower Street, Robin Hoods Walk, Irby Place, Grand Sluice Lane, Irby Street, Maud Street, Norfolk Street, Field Street, Union Place, Grove Street East, Union Street, Foster Street, Witham Place, Threadneedle Street, Witham Street, Pen Street, Chappel Street, Grove Street West, Wormgate, Main Ridge West, Spain Lane and Quaker Lane.
Botolph Street, St George's Road, Tunnard Street, Artillery Row, Maud Street, Buoy Yard, Victoria Place, Staniland, George Street, Spayne Road and Station Approach.