PLANS to create a ‘no-parking’ zone in Cleadon Village are a step closer.
Residents in Sandgrove, off Boldon Lane, handed a petition to the council last month calling for restrictions to be put in place on the street.
The cul-de-sac is used by parents and guardians while dropping off and picking up children from the adjacent Cleadon Village Primary School.
Requests were made for the introduction of driveway protection markings and waiting restrictions opposite each driveway.
The school has no on-site parking, and the surrounding streets are filled with cars each morning and afternoon during the school run.
Village pub The Britannia has made its car park available, but ward councillors say the problem has not gone away.
At the West Shields community area forum last week, councillors gave the go-ahead for the parking restrictions to be put into place.
Coun Jeff Milburn said: “It is great news for residents who have had to put up with people parking in their street without consideration for too long.
“Some have even reported to me that the parents have been verbally abusive to them when they have been asked to move their cars.
“It’s an inconvenience, and stops them from being able to come and go from their own houses as they please.”
Last year, Sandgrove residents rejected the chance to have parking permits introduced in the street, and a timeframe for the new parking rules to come into play has not yet been set.
When they are, driveway protection markings – which are enforceable by the police – will be put outside every property, and ‘No Waiting, No Loading’ will be in place in the street between 8am and 9.30am and 3pm and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Coun Milburn added: “We are talking about an outstanding school here, that has exceptional staff.
“The majority of people respect the residents, but for those that don’t, something had to be done.”