A DROP-IN event will give permit holders a chance to share views on a controversial parking scheme in Weymouth today.

Following a petition by local residents frustrated with parking conditions in the Park District, Dorset Council launched a survey to reshape the permit scheme.

A drop-in event is being held today (Tuesday 19) for anyone who is unable to access the online survey. Members of the parking services team will be available at the Park District Community Centre, Chelmsford Street from 4pm to 8pm.

Residents are being asked to have their say on a range of permit-related questions, including if there should be free permits for ‘green’ vehicles, if they would pay more for a permit that covered parking in a car park, removing one-hour spaces and restricting business parking permits.

Residents are also be asked if they think incremental charges should be brought in, with each additional car permit costing more.

Paul Hutton, Dorset Council parking services manager, said: “We’ve had a relatively good response so far, with over 150 completed surveys, but we really do want to hear from as many people as possible. The results of the survey will directly impact on the future of the residents on-street parking permit scheme in the Park District.

“We know that the main problem in the area is the significant difference in the number of spaces available and the number of people wishing to park their cars. We can’t create additional space on the road, but there are other options available to help better manage the situation.”

The survey is available until Sunday 1 December at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/weymouth-parking-survey