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Borough council will consider withdrawing permits for Fairfields Primary School
A HEADTEACHER is fuming because her Basingstoke primary school is set to be charged £6,000 for parking spaces.
Suzanne Davies, head of Fairfields Primary School, in Council Road, is unhappy because Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is poised to axe 12 subsidised parking spaces used by teachers.
Historically, the borough council has provided 12 parking spaces in Council Road as the school does not have its own car park.
The 420-pupil school has paid £208.20 per space per year to the council for their use.
But members of the borough council’s housing and environment committee have recommended that this scheme, called “key worker permit parking”, be scrapped.
They are recommending that the full council rules that the teachers instead use season ticket parking in council-owned fee-paying car parks.
The estimated cost of this per year per teacher would be £740, and even with a five or seven-and-a-half per cent discount, which the school has been told would be a possibility, the total amount would still be a big increase.
Mrs Davies said: “It would mean us paying an extra £6,000 per year which clearly we could not justify coming out of our school budget, which is meant for other things.
“We would then have to be passing on the cost to staff.
“It is a large amount of money to expect them to pay.
“We are planning to contact the council to explain the situation and to make an appeal.
“We have had problems recruiting staff in the past because of the lack of a car park here and this will just make the recruitment situation worse.”
Papers for the committee meeting prepared by officers said: “The key worker permits provide all-day parking for workers in a predominantly residential area.
“Workers, irrespective of their ability to pay, should be encouraged to park in a car park rather than be permitted to park in residential streets.”
The committee is recommending that the full council “withdraw all key worker permit parking on-street and replace with season ticket parking in council owned fee-paying car parks.”
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