PLANS are pressing ahead for a parking permit scheme around the Stadium of Light.
Car-clogged streets are a constant bugbear for people living in the streets near the home of the Black Cats.
Now Sunderland City Council has begun the final round of a consultation for a residents and events permit scheme aimed at tackling the problem.
A poll last year saw more than two thirds of people vote for the scheme, with 70 per cent of the 1,414 taking part coming out in favour.
Council leader Paul Watson said: “I’d like to thank all the local residents and businesses that have got involved with the public consultation and given their support.
“We now move to the next stage of the process. Subject to this consultation, the council could introduce the scheme over the summer.”
Ideas for the scheme emerged as people living and working near the stadium felt historic Tuesday 6-10pm and Saturday 1-6pm restrictions were no longer appropriate.
This was because of an increase in the number of non-sporting events, such as the Stadium of Light concerts, and changes to traditional kick-offs due to television commitments.
Proposals include removing the single yellow lines and signs currently in place, and introducing a parking permit system in the streets during events.
Motorists entering the area will be informed of the new ‘permit only’ parking system by gateway signs, and ‘repeater’ signs in all the streets within the scheme.
The proposals are also that the first vehicular parking permit per household is free, but with a small annual charge for additional vehicles registered to that address, as well as business and visitor permits.
The council said details will be confirmed subject to the final consultation. The 21 day consultation period began on Thursday.
A similar scheme for residents and businesses – the Hospital Parking Management Scheme – has been running in the Barnes, Millfield and Pallion areas.
More information on the schemes at is available on the council’s website – www.sunderland.gov.uk – under Community Parking Management Schemes.