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Meeting may draw line under parking row

SHOWDOWN ... Pat Newman and, inset, the Line Ranger.

SHOWDOWN ... Pat Newman and, inset, the Line Ranger.

A SHOWDOWN meeting over parking will take place next week between fed-up residents and South Tyneside Council after the ‘Line Ranger’ spoke for the first time.

A mystery sign writer has painted illegal ‘permit holders only’ markings on roads in the borough – including Beach Road in South Shields.

The action was taken in support of residents who are increasingly enraged by drivers parking outside their homes.

Council officials will now try to resolve the issue at a private meeting with residents from Beach Road, which will take place at the Ocean Road Community Centre, at 6pm on Tuesday.

The move comes after the ‘Line Ranger’ gave an interview to the Gazette in which he pledged to halt his campaign – if the council responded to the residents’ concerns.

The mystery campaigner believes official street markings need to be put in place by the authority in a bid to prevent illegal parking.

Parking campaigner Pat Newman, of Beach Road, hailed the ‘Ranger’ a “hero”, but added: “It’s just totally unacceptable that such direct action has been needed to get the council around the table.

“They just haven’t wanted to listen to what we have had to say.

“It’s a very sad state of affairs.

“Our hope is that they agree for official lines to be put down and for the police to monitor the area at peak times.”

Twitter: @shieldsgazpaul

 

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