DRIVERS who are facing a bumpy ride at a Jarrow car park are set to see their problems smoothed over.
Labour councillors Geraldine Kilgour and Alan Smith have led calls for the parking area behind Fellgate Shops to be renovated after residents voiced complaints.
Now a £9,500 grant has been secured from the Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum – with work set to start next month.
Coun Kilgour says the park has become a ‘health and safety risk’ for users.
She said: “There are lots of potholes, the tarmac keeps crumbling, it is in a state of disrepair. It is a health and safety risk.
“It has really just become beyond repair and causes a mobility issue.”
She added: “People using mobility scooters have a very hard time travelling through the area on their way to the shops.
“The work has been a long time coming and will make a big difference.
“The resurfacing is planned to start in the May school holidays.
“This car park is crucial to access to Fellgate Primary School following a school gate move, in wait for the resurfaced car park.
“It is pivotal to the community and we are delighted to make this long awaited announcement.”