PEOPLE in Roker fear match-day parking misery could return after residents-only permits were given the green light around the Stadium of Light.
A total of 60 streets surrounding the ground will become no-go areas for visitors as of August 24, for SAFC’s first home game of the 2014/15 season.
From then on the area will be enforced on match and event days, with the dates and times of the forthcoming event displayed on entry signs.
But members of the Conservative group on Sunderland City Council say football fans will be caught out by the new arrangement and it will move parking congestion elsewhere.
St Peter’s councillor Shirley Leadbitter said: “As residents have found around the Sunderland Royal Hospital, these types of schemes simply move the problem somewhere else,
“Seventeen years after Roker Park shut its gates, the last thing the residents of the Forster and Ripon Street area will want to see is a return to match day parking misery.”
Sunderland City Council says its Community Parking Management Scheme (CPMS) is intended to address parking problems, improve road safety and access and parking for disabled people, as well as giving residents some priority in parking their cars as close as possible to their property on match and event days.
Instead, the authority advises to make use of alternative parking, public transport or park and ride services.
Motorists entering the area will be informed of the new permit only parking system by signs in all the streets within the scheme.
Vehicles not displaying a valid parking permit, scratch card or blue badge face having to cough up a parking fine.
Streets covered by the permit scheme
Amy Street, Attwood Grove, Barnett Court, Bond Close, Branston Street, Bruce Street, Burnbank, Byron Street, Carley Road, Chalford Road, Chapel Place, Chilton Street, Church Street, College View, Collingwood Street, Crozier Street, Devonshire Street, Devonshire Tower, Edward Burdis Street, Eglinton Street, Eglinton Street North, Eglinton Tower, Empress Street, Finsbury Street, Frank Street, Hood Close, Howard Street, James Armitage Street, Johnstone Villas, Maypole Close, Morgan Street, Nawton Avenue, Netherburn Road, Nettleham Road, Newbold Avenue, Newbridge Avenue, Newburn Avenue, Newcastle Road, Newhaven Avenue, Newington Court, Norley Avenue, Northbank Court, Northwood Court, Pemberton Close, Pilgrim Close, Rosebery Street, Ross Street, Schimel Street, Sophy Street, Southwick Road, St Columba Court, Stafford Grove, Swan Street, The Oval, Thompson Road, Victoria Terrace South, Wallace Street, Warwick Street, and Wayman Street.
For more information, visit www.sunderland.gov.uk