A WOMAN claims the town centre residents' parking scheme is preventing her from seeing her family.
Vanessa Watson, of Stoke Walk, has six sisters and five brothers, all of whom she is very close to.
But because she is only entitled to three visitor's parking permits and has already run out of scratch-card passes, she has had to put a stop to her family gatherings.
When Mrs Watson approached the borough council it said it could not issue more than the stipulated 50 scratch-card permits to one household, even though she was willing to pay for the extra ones.
Mrs Watson said: 'I can't just say only three can visit me at a time. We are a very close-knit family.
'As I don't drive they all come to see me.
'I don't understand why the scheme has to be in operation for 24 hours.'
The borough council's parking services unit manager Margaret Morris said: 'It is unfortunate that Mrs Watson is in this situation but local residents helped shape the parking scheme and voted on it.
'However, a six-month review will take place in the summer.'