Residents are happy to fork out £18-a-year to park outside their own homes – in exchange for tearing up the double-yellow lines in their street.
They are sick of receiving parking tickets after falling foul of traffic wardens in Mayfair Gardens, Tunstall.
They have sent a petition to Stoke-on-Trent City Council calling for the authority to replace the double-yellow lines with a residents’ parking scheme.
It costs £18-a-year for a resident’s permit and £25-a-year for a visitor’s permit.
Petition organiser Mudasser Ahmad said: “Myself and my neighbours are having issues with parking. We have garages we can park in but they are not big enough for the cars to fit into.
“The double-yellow lines are outside our property and we have no option but to park there. But we keep getting parking tickets which I consider unfair because this is where we live and we have nowhere else to park.
“A neighbour put in a similar application around two years ago and was told it couldn’t be done because more people needed to request it. There are 14 houses in the street and we have seven who are happy to get residential parking instead of the double-yellow lines.”
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Neighbours have welcomed the residents’ campaign.
Pauline Hopwood, aged 62, said: “When my family visit they end up getting a ticket.
“I have a garage but it is too small to fit a car in. It would be nice not to have the double-yellow lines so we can park there and not get a ticket. One or two of my children drive and they are frightened they will get a ticket.”
Mary Barlow, aged 72, who has lived in Mayfair Gardens for 47 years, said: “When people visit they have nowhere to park without getting a ticket.”
Victoria Rushton, aged 35, said: “I’ve had a couple of parking tickets. The sooner it is done the better. I am prepared to pay for a permit.”
Jacqueline Day, aged 53, added: “I am in favour of it. Friends have come to visit and have had a ticket. The sooner it is done the better.”