PEOPLE living in a traffic-choked Wrexham neighbourhood have rejected plans for a residents’ parking scheme.

And council chiefs have admitted that one thing that helped turn residents against the idea was the £60-a-year they would have had to pay for a permit.

Last year the Bradley Road area of the town was picked out by council transport bosses as the one which would benefit most from residents-only restrictions.

It has significant problems with on-street parking throughout the week, with people working or shopping in the nearby town centre contributing to the congestion.

The council launched a wide-ranging consultation process, asking about 500 households in the area for their views on the scheme.

But at their meeting today members of the council’s executive board will hear that the plan has been given the thumbs-down by residents.

Principal engineer Darren Williams said: “We believe there is now little point in going ahead with the scheme. We will now do further work on alternative means of dealing with parking problems.”

He added: “We were looking for more than half of the people in the area to respond and for more than half to be in favour but unfortunately we did not get this. I think the £60 permit fee may have been a factor.”

Buying a permit would not have guaranteed people parking exactly where they wished but would have given them a greater chance of being able to find a space somewhere within the zone of around a dozen streets.