RESIDENTS-only parking will not be introduced along some of South Tyneside’s busiest streets, it has been decided.
South Tyneside Council consulted residents in streets in and around Westoe Road, South Shields, after it received a petition calling for resident parking permits.
A consultation process was subsequently carried out – but of the 175 residents contacted, only 46 responses were received.
That represents a return of just 26 per cent, with a response of 60 per cent needed for any scheme to go-ahead.
As a result, council officers went out and did door-to-door evening calls at homes in Westoe Road, Imeary Street, Ada Street and Dean Road – and found little support for the scheme.
Labour’s Coun John Anglin, who represents the Beacon and Bents ward, said: “Some people did believe that a scheme was needed in the area.
“We looked at it thoroughly and in-depth, which included knocking on doors.
“We do try to reflect the views of people in the area.
“What we found was that few people in the area were interested in the introduction of such a scheme.
“So it has been decided not to go that way.”
A report, to be presented to the council’s Riverside community area forum, tomorrow, says: “The introduction of any resident permit parking scheme is subject to 60 per cent return of interest from residents.
“In this case, we have only received a 26 per cent return of interest, meaning the scheme is deferred and the lead petitioner informed accordingly.”