A COMMUNITY being driven to despair by parking problems has hit out after plans for extra spaces were turned down.
Pavements surrounding Lakeside Village are littered with cars, as the residents of the tower blocks in the area struggle to find a space to park.
Sunderland City Council considered a plan to build more spaces, but it was rejected, sparking frustration.
Tony Kinnair, 72, is former chairman of the residents’ association and has lived there for 44 years.
He said: “There are real concerns from the people that live here and we think someone is going to get hurt.
“It’s a real shame it was voted down, because there’s a lot of older people and some of them are in wheelchairs.
“When all the cars are parked they can’t even use the pavement.
“We have been trying for years to get better parking, but it’s falling on deaf ears.”
The proposals that were put to the council involved building between 15 and 31 new spaces, costing up to £71,000.
St Chad’s ward councillor Alan Wright said: “The problem is all over the estate as the cars pull fully on to the pavement, and it’s because there’s not enough space.
“The council and Gentoo said it was not up to them, but I found in the old area records that the they had jointly funded parking spaces on other estates.
“As a result Gentoo agreed in principle to help fund it, but the council leader spoke against it, saying it would set a precedent, and it was voted down.
“It’s really sad because residents here say to me why are they wasting money on other vanity projects, and not on things that would help the them.”
Coun Peter Gibson, chairman of the West Area Committee, said: “Discussions over how best to alleviate residential parking problems at Lakeside Towers are continuing.
“We are also working together to target indiscriminate parking in the area which worsens the current situation.
“A number of proposals for Lakeside Towers have been prepared, but it would be inappropriate to consider these any further while discussions continue between Sunderland City Council and Gentoo.”