|Swinley Parking Deadline
Council parking managers are appealing to Swinley residents to ensure their parking permits are up to date.
All zones expired at the end of May but despite letters to all households, dozens of applications are still coming in and hundreds more are unaccounted for.
The council’s head of Infrastructure Mark Tilley says: “We were keen to make sure all residents got advanced reminders that their permits were due to expire and that they were fully informed of the changes to the permit system. We’ve not had the uptake we would expect and I would urge all Swinley residents to check their that permit is up to date so they are not issued with a PCN.”
By the May deadline, the parking team had issued around 3100 permits (a single household can have a mixture of permit types). Based on previous years, they would normally be looking at issuing at least 5000 permits.
There has been an increase in scheme costs and people in the area have also been alerted to the council’s concern that significant numbers are using visitor permits instead of residents’ permits, which is not as the scheme intended.
Parking officers are reminding residents that the onus to renew a permit rests with the applicant. Application forms can be downloaded by visiting www.wigan.gov.uk following the link for parking permits, by enquiring at a library, or by contacting the team on 01942 404331
The scheme was introduced in 1999 following consultation with residents across the Swinley area.