Plans to expand parking permit zones to thousands more Sunderland homes

Foreground City Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Michael Mordey with parking petitioner Margaret Beck and engineers Ian Collins and Graham Brown
Foreground City Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Michael Mordey with parking petitioner Margaret Beck and engineers Ian Collins and Graham Brown
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THOUSANDS of Wearsiders are to be asked for their views on plans to try and end parking nightmares across the city.

More than 4,500 households and businesses are being consulted on proposals for new parking permit schemes.

Parking problems around Wearmouth Drive and Newcastle Road, Sunderland

Parking problems around Wearmouth Drive and Newcastle Road, Sunderland

Leaflets are being distributed this week by Sunderland City Council asking people what they think about the plans.

Subject to receiving enough support, schemes would be introduced across various parts of the city, and households and businesses would be eligible to apply for permits.

The schemes are for parts of Ashbrooke and Thornholme, and in North Sunderland near Newcastle Road and Seaburn Metro, and could be introduced early next year.

An extension to the Stadium of Light scheme in Southwick is also being proposed.

•View a map and read more info on the Ashbrooke and Thornholme proposals
•View a map and read more info on the North area proposals
The Echo reported earlier this year how residents living in the Newcastle Road area feared a person could be killed due to the number of drivers leaving their cars parked on corners, obstructing other motorists’ and pedestrians’ views.

Wearmouth Drive resident Norman Allen said the problem was particularly bad on Sunderland AFC home matchdays.

Speaking about the proposals, Mr Allen, 46, a chartered engineer in the oil and gas industry, said: “Anything that alleviates the problem, I am happy with.

“It’s an inconvenience when you come home from work and someone’s parked outside your door, but when they are obstructing traffic by parking on corners, that’s when somebody will be killed or injured.”

Councillor Michael Mordey, portfolio holder for city services, said: “We already have community parking-management schemes around the Royal Hospital and the Stadium of Light.

“They have proved to be very popular with many households, as they allow residents preferential parking through a permit system.

“These proposed schemes are again in response to the concerns of residents and local businesses.”

Fulwell resident Margaret Beck, of Deepdene Road, petitioned the council about a scheme.

She said: “We have seen people leaving their cars for two weeks before they get on the Metro and go to the airport.

“It’s a problem for a lot of people in Fulwell that they can’t get parked near their homes.”

How the proposals would work

l North Area – there is a proposal for a scheme centred on Seaburn Metro Station area and to the east of the Newcastle Road corridor, where restrictions would apply between 9.30am to 10.30am, and 2.30pm to 3.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

In addition there is a proposal to extend the event-days only stadium parking scheme to the west of the existing scheme.

There is also an area to the north of the events-days stadium scheme and to the west of Newcastle Road, where residents and businesses will be given a choice to what type of parking scheme they wish to see introduced in their area.

l South Area – the Ashbrooke and Thornholme areas, where restrictions would also apply between 9.30am to 10.30am, and 2.30pm to 3.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Motorists entering residents’ parking zones are informed of the “permit-only scheme” by gateway signs at entry points, and “repeater” signs in all streets in the area.

They can face a Penalty Charge Notice if they park in a designated scheme area, when permits times are in force with a valid parking permit. The proposals are that the first vehicular parking permit per household is free, but with a £20 annual charge for additional vehicles registered to that address.

Business permits would be priced £50 per year, with the option to have another four permits costing an extra £50 in total.

Subject to a successful public engagement and vote during this month and next, the next stage is a statutory consultation of detailed schemes.

More information on the schemes is available at www.sunderland.gov.uk/CPMS.