PARKING woes for residents living close to the Stadium of Light look set to end after proposals for a new scheme got the go-ahead.
It follows a pubic consultation in which, of the 73 per cent of the households and businesses who took the time to vote, 71 per cent were in favour of the parking permit scheme which means detailed design work and statutory consultation can now begin.
The Events – Community Parking Management Scheme is now being brought in in response to residents’ long-running concerns about existing parking restrictions outside their homes and businesses.
People living in the streets around the Stadium of Light felt that the historic 6pm to 10pm on Tuesdays and 1pm to 6pm on Saturdays parking and waiting restrictions were no longer appropriate. The increased number of events at the Stadium of Light, as well as changes in traditional match days and kick-offs, meant that the current on-street parking restrictions caused inconvenience and didn’t take into account the increased demand for on-street parking.
Proposals include removing the single yellow lines and signs currently in place, and introducing a parking permit system in the streets around the stadium during events.
Motorists coming into the area will be informed of the new “permit only” system by signs at every entry into the affected area, and “repeater” signs in all streets within the proposed scheme.
The plans are also that the first vehicle parking permit per household is free, but with an annual charge for additional vehicles registered to that address, as well as business and visitor permits.
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson, said: “I’d like to thank all the local residents and businesses that got involved with public consultation, and have now given us their support to go ahead with the new community parking management scheme.
“We as a council listened to people’s concerns about on-street parking restrictions outside their homes which they felt were no longer appropriate and causing unnecessary inconvenience and this is our response.”