Shopkeepers overturn yellow lines plan “which would have killed” Sunderland street

Gary Ross, who has worked as a cobbler on Hylton Road for more than 30 years, said businesses would have suffered badly if double yellow line parking restrictions replace the current single yellow line.
Gary Ross, who has worked as a cobbler on Hylton Road for more than 30 years, said businesses would have suffered badly if double yellow line parking restrictions replace the current single yellow line.
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PLANS to introduce double-yellow lines on one of Sunderland’s busiest shopping streets have been scrapped.

Delighted shopkeepers breathed a collective sigh of relief after the proposals for Hylton Road were binned.

Businesses claimed they were set to lose thousands of pounds in passing trade if plans to restrict vehicles stopping were given the go-ahead. Others accused Sunderland City Council of “killing” the street.

But after a consultation, business owners have now been informed the scheme will not progress.

Cobbler Gary Ross, who runs Save on Shoes, had a 540-name petition running against the plans.

“We’re delighted with the news,” he told the Echo. “It’s the right decision.

“Trade would have suffered, and it would have caused us nothing but problems.

“We had a lot of customers coming in and supporting us, and we’d like to say a big thank you to them.”

Parma Singh, manager at Just Booze off-licence, also had customers signing a petition.

He said: “We have been sent a letter saying they are no longer looking going ahead with the proposals, so everyone is pleased.”

The proposals had formed part of phase two of the Hospital Parking Management Scheme, to ease parking problems around the Royal.

But recent closures on Hylton Road, including a post office, bank, butchers, hairdressers and bakers, have left many traders fighting to keep their heads above water.

Coun James Blackburn said: “The community raised their concerns over the proposed changes on this section of Hylton Road, and we listened.

“The decision to withdraw these proposed changes demonstrates the flexibility of this approach, and our commitment to working with the local community on such schemes.

“Working together, we can put in place the next stage of the hospital parking management scheme which will help us reduce still further parking problems and traffic congestion in this area.”