RESIDENTS around the Stadium of Light are being urged to have their say on parking problems during high-profile events.
Sunderland City Council is launching a consultation process after complaints that the present matchday parking restrictions – Tuesdays between 6pm and 10pm and Saturdays between 1pm and 6pm – are often no longer appropriate in light of the increasing number of other events such as concerts at the ground.
Council leader Councillor Paul Watson said: “We have responded to people’s concerns about on-street parking restrictions outside their homes, which they feel are no longer appropriate and cause unnecessary inconvenience.
“Working together with the support of Sunderland Football Club at the Stadium of Light, we have identified some positive solutions, which will remove the current limits in place on a Tuesday and Saturday and replace them with new arrangements based around events being held at the stadium.
“Letters are being sent out to local people and businesses outlining the proposals and asking for their views and opinions.
“We are holding three public events, which we hope people will come along to with the chance to talk and listen.”
The consultation period begins today with letters to residents and other interested parties such as the emergency services, transport firms and businesses.
Proposals include removing the single yellow lines and signs currently in place and introducing a parking permit system around the stadium during events.
Motorists would be warned of the new ‘permit only’ parking system by signs at major junctions and approach roads into the affected area and ‘repeater’ signs in all the streets within the boundaries of the proposed parking management scheme.
Coun Watson added: “We will only go ahead with these proposals in full if more than half of the residents let us know through this consultation that they support them, so I would encourage everyone to have their say and let us know what they think.”
Residents will have 21 days to respond, and events to explain the plans will be held at Southwick Community Centre on Thursday and Sunderland Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, October 16, and Tuesday, October 22, from 8am until 8pm.