Parking permits scheme falls flat in Jarrow

NO PARKING GUARANTEE ... Mary Finnigan in Beverley Court, Jarrow.
NO PARKING GUARANTEE ... Mary Finnigan in Beverley Court, Jarrow.

FED-up residents who are facing a parking nightmare in one of South Tyneside’s busiest streets have failed to back a scheme aimed at easing their woes.

Beverley Court is in one of the busiest parts of Jarrow town centre, with Palmer Community Hospital, the town’s main bus and Metro stations, a large store, an old folk’s home and other shops all nearby.

Complaints about parking and traffic congestion have grown in recent years, with residents often voicing frustration at the lack of parking spaces available, particularly during the working day.

A petition drawn up by people living in Beverley Court was submitted to South Tyneside Council calling for residents-only parking.

The council agreed that action was needed and wrote to residents to judge the level of support for a paid-for residents-only parking scheme.

However, only 33 per cent of residents in the street expressed an interest – and a return rate of 60 per cent was needed for it to go ahead.

As a result the scheme will not be pursued, members of Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum were to be informed today.

Pensioner Mary Finnigan, organiser of the petition, said the £50 fee for a permit had “put some people off”.

She added: “I think people would have paid, but the biggest problem was that even with the permit you would not be guaranteed a place to park, because there were only going to be about seven spaces, so some people would still lose out.

“People would have paid if they were guaranteed a space, but that was not the case.

“The situation hasn’t eased, as new people are moving into the street and staff levels at Palmer’s seem to be increasing.”

A report to today’s CAF from John Hewitt, the council’s corporate director of Business and Resources, says: “It was evident that the daily increase in parking with nearby hospital site workers and the parking surveys indicated that a scheme could progress.

“Unfortunately, we only received a 33 per cent return of interest from properties.”