Residents driven parking mad

Councillors Robert Francis (left) and John Wiper are concerned about parking issues around Fulwell in Sunderland. They are seen here beside Seaburn Metro Station, where cars are parked haphazardly around the area.

Councillors Robert Francis (left) and John Wiper are concerned about parking issues around Fulwell in Sunderland. They are seen here beside Seaburn Metro Station, where cars are parked haphazardly around the area.

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FED-UP residents are being driven to distraction by thoughtless motorists.

Blocked driveways, nuisance commuters and a plague of other parking problems have left neighbours living beside Seaburn Metro Station seeing red.

Alston Crescent, Coniston Avenue, Cairns Road and Kirkstone Avenue bear the brunt of the problem, with motorists parking across driveways, hogging visitor spaces and making it difficult for buses to pass along the streets.

Councillor Bob Francis said: “The problem has increased after car park charges were put in at the Stadium of Light Metro Station. Now people from outside Fulwell are driving in and parking in the roads next to Seaburn Station.

“Some people go off on holiday and leave their cars for a number of days or even weeks. Because Fulwell has a low crime rate, they feel safe leaving their cars there, but there is no consideration for the residents.”

He added: “People on Alston Crescent have the added problem of the road being narrower. There’s a real concern that ambulances and fire engines won’t be able to get along the street.”

Coun Francis and fellow Fulwell councillor John Wiper are pleading for drivers to have more consideration before a residents’ permit scheme is considered.

Coun Wiper said: “Residents parking has been introduced in other areas of the city. If it’s a success, there’s a plan to roll the scheme out and Fulwell is one of the areas that would be looked at.

“It would help to solve the problem, but it would throw up other problems for people visiting residents.”

A survey was conducted with Fulwell residents recently in which parking was listed as one of the major problems facing the area.

Coun Francis said: “Recently I’ve noticed people parking next to a junction, which is actually a criminal offence and is dangerous for other drivers.

“We are pushing hard to keep this issue in the public eye and keep people aware in the hope they practise some consideration for others.”

l For those who would like to voice their concerns, Fulwell ward councillor surgeries are held every Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am at Fulwell Library.

l The next police forum meeting for the area will take place at Fulwell Community Association, in Chapman Street, at 7pm on April 3.

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