I am writing in regard the new parking permits in the Barnes area near the hospital.
I have purchased a new car that I will be picking up on a Wednesday.
I was aware that each household was entitled to one free pass for one car, and I would assume that this would mean I could change my car.
No, I have been informed that Sunderland City Council will charge me £10 to change the car.
I am selling my old car privately and it will not be gone by the time I have picked up my new car at which point I am informed that I will have to apply for a second permit at the cost of £20.
So the council will be charging me £10 to change a permit and then £20 to cover the old car – so a grand total of £30 to park outside of my house for an hour during the permit hours.
I have lived in the area for years and had no option over the enforced permit scheme.
I believe this is nothing short of daylight robbery and people should be made aware of this.
By contrast, my brother, who is in a permit area in Newcastle, simply transferred his parking permit from his old car to the new one, as Newcastle City Council assign the permit to the resident rather than a specific car.
Upon complaining to the council I have been told that is the cost, end of story.
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