A BUSINESSMAN says dozy parkers are costing him trade and making his life a misery by blocking in his van.
Mark Pattison, 45, who runs a window and door repair service, said he is often unable to get to jobs because of inconsiderate drivers parking for the nearby Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Mr Pattison lives in Priory Grove, one of the streets where residents voted against joining a congestion-busting parking management scheme.
The businessman said: “It’s affecting my business because of not being able to get my van out.
“I’m parked in front of my house and I’ve got cars blocking me in on both sides. I run a small family business and I’ve been stuck here all day.”
Mr Pattison, who supports Sunderland City Council’s residents parking scheme, said people in his street had voted against the proposals by a small margin.
Concerns were expressed when the scheme was introduced that the cars would simply transfer to parking in streets where there were no restrictions, either increasing congestion in those areas or shifting the problem further afield.
Mr Pattison said there had always been problems in the street, but they had definitely intensified since the parking management scheme came into force at the beginning of December.
The council has said it will consider expanding the scheme after an initial pilot of problems crop up in streets without the parking restrictions.
James Blackburn, the senior councillor responsible for transport in Sunderland, said residents of Priory Grove were consulted about the parking management scheme, but less than one-in-three who voted expressed support.
He said: “It was always anticipated that the scheme might displace parking on to adjacent streets.
“The council completed a street survey before the scheme went live at the beginning of December and a further survey is to be carried out to identify which streets may have experienced increases in parking levels.
“The council would consider enlarging the scheme to include additional streets subject to funding being available and the majority of residents being in favour.”
Coun Blackburn said hospital managers had expressed support for the scheme which was introduced, and is taking measures to encourage its staff to park considerately.
He added: “Council civil enforcement officers have the necessary powers to deal with unlawful parking on waiting restrictions or where the kerbline has been lowered to allow access.
“In other situations Northumbria Police have the powers to enforce against obstruction of the highway. The non-emergency telephone number for the police is 03456 043 043 – or 101 after the end of January 2012.”