On the parking permit I used to think the same as you @Melanie_Tellwright, until I realised that it is an additional tax on the poorest.
Although it’s only £30, it’s £30 that people blessed with driveways (aka, usually bigger incomes) don’t have to pay. Some of these people are under significant financial strain and hardship already.
Here’s a theory to run with. Taking a step further if you consider that if you made it “fair” then everyone in the borough should pay £30 per year for a parking permit.
As someone in a non permitted area, this still seems fair to me.
If that happened we’d now be generating too much revenue- so you could afford drop the price of the parking permit. There are likely at the very least 30 times more non parking permit covered areas in Eastleigh Borough than permit areas, so let’s say we could drop the price by 30 times. That makes it less than £1 per permit.
Hardly worth the administration in collecting it!
Yes the administration of £1 from households across the borough would cost money and effort… so wouldn’t it be easier to roll it into council tax?
When we turn to look at council tax (that the current administration keeps bragging is being reduced) Why reduce it, if we need to pay for parking permits? “Council tax reducing” then starts to look like a gimmick to keep winning elections as people are technically being charged more “stealth tax” via a parking permit.
Surely it would be better and simpler to increase council tax by 50p (rather than reduce by 50p), and then remove the burden of a £30 charge on the few as we can all pay it together through already existing methods.
A lot of the administration overhead involved in managaing parking permits can then likely be removed. (Admittedly there would likely be some admin still required to help prevent over parking!).
That’s where I got to on my thinking on it anyway.