COUNCIL bosses in South Tyneside have moved to quash suggestions that they are preparing to make drivers pay to park in Ocean Road, South Shields.
Coun John Anglin, cabinet member for economic regeneration and economy, says rumours have been circulating that the local authority is planning to introduce parking meters on the town’s most famous street.
There are no plans whatsoever to introduce parking charges or any machines along Ocean Road.Coun John Anglin
Coun Anglin said: “There are no plans whatsoever to introduce parking charges or any machines along Ocean Road.
“It is one of the locations across the town centre which has free parking all year round.
“There are 300 plus free car parking spaces at various locations throughout South Shields town centre.
“About a third of all council-owned parking spaces in the town centre are free.”
Work to improve the appearance of Ocean Road, between Baring Street and Lawe Road, includes providing a new road layout with better positioned parking bays as well as new footpaths, which will be widened on the southern side. New trees and public art will also be installed.
Coun Anglin added: “Ocean Road is an important cultural asset attracting millions of visitors to its array of restaurants, B&Bs and guest houses every year.
“It also acts as a key link between South Shields town centre and our stunning seafront.
“These improvement works are all about making the street more attractive and inviting for residents and visitors and will help to draw seafront visitors into our town centre.
“The regeneration is going to make a huge difference to the area and we look forward to seeing it completed.”