Letter of the week: Sunderland parking permit costs are 'daylight robbery'

Our writer is angry at the cost of amending parking permits in Sunderland.
Our writer is angry at the cost of amending parking permits in Sunderland.

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.

Lauren Archer

Last week's Letter of the week: Sunderland needs more parking and toilets - not a £5m centre for imagination
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