NHS parking charges: Piers Morgan slams price increase

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The annual fee for parking permits will rise to £35 from £18, while visitors permits will increase by £10 from £25 to £35. The price hike had been approved by Stoke-on-Trent City Council 18 months ago, but the increase was delayed due to the pandemic and the country entering lockdown last March.

The increases are now set to be implemented on September 15.

As a result, residents have responded angrily to the increased charges.

Jenny Underwood, 59, of Hartshill, Warwickshire, said she has two visitor permits and currently pays £50 a year.

She continued, saying: “I was hoping that they would be free this year because of not being able to use them over the last 18 months through lockdown. That’s bad and I’ve received no letter about it.

“I’m shocked, I can’t believe it. That’s a £10 increase for the visitor permits. I could understand a £1 increase, but £10? I can’t afford it, I live on disability.

“We’re still getting through a pandemic and people are struggling. That’s ridiculous. I can’t believe that.

“It’s going to be a struggle for me. It’s an extra £20 a year and we don’t have as many traffic patrols coming here like we used to.

“Traffic officers used to be here three or four times a day, but I only saw them here once last week.

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“I’m always on the phone because people keep parking in our permit spaces and they block my drive.

“It’s awful, totally disgusting, the parking officers should be here three or four times a day.

“It’s really made me angry, I can’t get over that. Council Tax has gone up, why do we pay that and then have to pay to park in our own street?”

Another resident, Elizabeth Doward also pays for a residential permit and a visitor’s permit.

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