‘Parking chaos is a death risk’ – angry Sunderland residents slam thoughtless motorists

Parking problems around Wearmouth Drive and Newcastle Road, Sunderland
Parking problems around Wearmouth Drive and Newcastle Road, Sunderland
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A CONCERNED dad says inconsiderate drivers could cause a death with their careless parking.

Angry residents claim that by parking on corners in and around busy Newcastle Road, motorists are endangering other road users and pedestrians.

Parking problems around Wearmouth Drive and Newcastle Road, Sunderland

Parking problems around Wearmouth Drive and Newcastle Road, Sunderland

They argue that the problem has been made worse in recent years with the building of a new health facility, just off Newcastle Road.

One councillor today labelled the problem as “chaos” for residents and said future proposals could help to put an end to the misery.

Police say they are aware of the issues and are relying on the public to report such incidents to them.

Resident Norman Allen, 46, of Wearmouth Drive, who is dad to Samuel, eight, said: “It’s been going on for a few years now.

Parking problems around Wearmouth Drive and Newcastle Road, Sunderland

Parking problems around Wearmouth Drive and Newcastle Road, Sunderland

“There has always been a problem, but it’s exacerbated with the building of the new Wearmouth Hospital.

“We get cars parking in our street and in Newcastle Road and they leave their cars on the corners so it’s obstructing people’s vision.

“On two or three occasions, sometimes when my son has been in the car, I’ve nearly had a crash when people pull out. If something isn’t done, I can see a person being killed.”

Mr Allen has called police about the problem and has also contacted city MP Julie Elliott, in the hope that the situation can change.

“Ideally, they’d stop people parking there altogether,” said Mr Allen, who works in the oil and gas industry.

“White lines were put down, but people still leave their cars there anyway.

“It’s about time somebody took ownership of the thing before someone gets seriously injured.”

Conservative councillor for Fulwell, John Wiper, agreed that the issue needs tackling. “We get a lot of people complaining about parking, for the past two or three years, especially in the Newcastle Road area,” said Coun Wiper.

“It causes chaos for the people living there.

“If it was 100 years ago and there were as many cars as there are now, the roads would have to be twice as wide.

“At the council we’ve had a number of meetings, and a parking permit scheme for all of the Newcastle Road corridor is about to go to consultation.

“Hopefully, the residents will vote in favour of it and we’ll stop people who don’t live there parking in the streets all day, then going to work or shopping.”

Tony Carty, neighbourhood inspector for Sunderland Central, said: “The area around Newcastle Road is a busy location for motorists using the road to park for the Metro and nearby hospital.

“We are aware of parking issues in the area and encourage motorists and residents to report any cases of cars causing unnecessary obstruction, or any cars parked dangerously to contact Northumbria Police on 101 extension 69191.”