A NEW permit parking scheme could be introduced in two Burnham-on-Sea streets after residents called on the county council to do a parking review.

Residents in Dunstan Road sent a petition to Somerset County Council (SCC) earlier this year urging them to investigate what options are available to improve parking in the area after residents raised concerns about a lack of parking on the street.

In response to the petition, SCC has launched a consultation into parking around Dunstan Road and is seeking residents feedback on introducing a permit parking scheme in Dunstan Road, Kingsway Road and the surrounding area.

The county council is urging residents to share their concerns about parking in the area, demand for parking and potential solutions.

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “Following receipt of a petition from residents of Dunstan Road requesting a review of parking, we are currently consulting with residents as to the level of support to introduce some form of parking controls.

“This could include a resident permit scheme.

“This area will also form part of the wider Burnham-on-Sea review.

“We would urge residents to provide their feedback by November 4 to ensure all views can be considered.”

If permit parking is introduced in Dunstan Road, Kingsway Road and the surrounding area SCC said any vehicle parked within the parking permit area must have a valid parking permit during controlled hours.

The county council said residents can apply for two annual permits for their vehicle as well as an annual visitor permit.

Residents who could be affected by the changes have been sent a letter by the county council and urged to submit their feedback by November 4.

A SCC spokesman added: “Your feedback to these proposals is important to ensure any problems are identified and resolved before any changes are considered implemented.

“In line with our policy it is necessary that there is a 60 per cent response to this consultation with a majority in favour of the introduction of a permit parking area.

“It is important that a response is sent even if you completed the petition.”

A spokesman for Burnham and Highbridge Town Council’s planning committee said members considered the consultation at their meeting on Monday (October 28) and said they don’t think a parking scheme will solve the issue.

The spokesperson said: “There wasn’t any evidence that by introducing a parking scheme it would have a negative impact on surrounding roads. Members voted four in favour of supporting the residents decision with two abstentions. “