PARKING problems on a South Shields estate have been eased with work to build new bays.
Three new spaces have been created in Kingsley Avenue, Biddick Hall, South Shields where drivers can leave their cars.
The work was carried out after residents raised the issue with the councillors for Biddick Hall and All Saints, Olive Punchion, Anne Walsh and Tom Pigott.
Now, it is hoped the grassed area, which has been transformed into parking bays, will help alleviate congestion in the street.
Coun Punchion said: “The new bays will hopefully stop car users from parking their vehicles on the grass verge.
“This was causing a potential hazard to public safety.
“Residential areas are heavily used by young families and the elderly, and anything we can do to prevent accidents is good news for the community.”
The parking bays have been paid for with a grant from the West Shields, Cleadon and East Boldon community area forum (CAF).
Coun Pigott said: “Residents who attended their local CAF meeting voiced concerns about cars being parked on the bend in Kingsley Avenue.
“The positive outcome shows the importance of local CAF groups and the need for more individuals to use the monthly events to get their message across.”
Coun Walsh said: “We treat public safety as a very serious issue.
“Anything the ward councillors can do to ensure people can walk the streets safely in their neighbourhood is of paramount importance and high up on our agenda.”
Community area forums give people a chance to find out what is happening in their local area.
The West Shields, Cleadon and East Boldon forum, which is open to all residents, meets once a month in various venues in the area.
The next meeting will be held on March 14 at Cleadon Methodist Church in Sunderland Road, Cleadon.