RESIDENTS in Crewe face the prospect of a parking permit lottery under plans to scrap free parking on some car parks.
People may need to fork out £250 for a yearly permit to park near their own homes.
The permits will apply to former free car parks in Edward Street, Lord Street, South Street, Wood Street (West) and Union Street and people living nearby will be chosen for them on a random basis.
The permit scheme is currently under public consultation by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council.
Some of the borough's free parking will be axed to create more space for shoppers when work on the big Modus shopping development gets under way next year.
People wanting to park at Barnfields car park in Browning Street face paying to park - although 18 permits will be offered to residents.
Motorists who park on Edleston Road and Wood Street (East), which are currently free, will face charges of £1.20 for two to four hours and £2 after that.
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council agreed in principle to the changes last year and the plans are now out to public consultation. A decision will be taken at a planning meeting on March 28.
Council business development officer, Paul Burns, said: 'The changes to Barnfields car park at Browning Street are to free up spaces for more shoppers.
'The other changes are to make sure residents have somewhere to park. People will be chosen on a random selection basis for residents' permits.
'Having a pay and display gives up free parking and creates more spaces given the amount of pressure there's going to be once the redevelopment of the town starts.'
Lyceum Square Car Park in Crewe will re-introduce charges on Monday mornings, and Market Area car park will do the same on Fridays.