Sunderland families’ parking nightmare

Parking problems around Wearmouth Drive and Newcastle Road, Sunderland
Parking problems around Wearmouth Drive and Newcastle Road, Sunderland
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ECHO readers have had their say on the parking nightmare of a Wearside community.

Yesterday we reported how residents raised fears of a serious accident being caused in and around streets near Newcastle Road.

Junctions are blocked and cars left in careless positions for those living in the area.

Dad Norman Allen said he has called police about the issue as he fears someone could be killed after he experienced a near miss.

Mr Allen added that in his opinion the problem has been exacerbated in recent times with the building of the new Wearmouth Hospital, just off Newcastle Road.

A consultation over a parking permit scheme for the area is due to go out in the next few weeks.

The story certainly proved a big talking point on the Echo’s website and Facebook site.

Donna Oxley posted: “I live at the top of Wearmouth Drive, it is a real problem.

“I’d love to get on my own drive never mind outside of my house.”

Billy Potts offered his own solution, saying: “Double yellows on every corner a car and half length and hefty fines will stop it over night.”

Carolyn Jackson wrote: “Should ban parking on pavements everywhere. People shouldn’t have to walk on roads to get around them.

“We all have to get to work somehow but it shouldn’t be to the detriment of everyone else.”

Violet Williamson agreed, saying: “Where my daughter lives the next street over there is a man who sells cars and vans. He has them parked on both sides of road so only one car can go up or down. He has them parked on grass verges, in fact, anywhere he can park them. It’s about time Sunderland Council started to do something about this problem.”

Robert Robson, however, argued: “Sunderland is not unique. This happens everywhere.

“If it isn’t thoughtless motorists turning a street into a free car park, it’s car owners treating the public pavement outside of their home as their own private parking bay, obstructing pedestrians.

“There was a time when the Highway Code meant something in this country, but not now.”