HOMEOWNERS in a South Tyneside street are angry over plans to ban them parking outside their homes.
The borough council is planning to introduce a “No Waiting” order from 8am to 6pm each day, on a section of North Farm Road at its junction with Tennant Street in Hebburn.
Since a grass verge outside the properties was covered with tarmac more than 15 years ago, residents have routinely parked on the land without any sanctions being imposed, and they are angry that the “right to park” outside their homes is now set to be removed.
In response, South Tyneside Council says parking restrictions have always been in place on the tarmac land – even if they have never been enforced.
To add to the traffic trouble, people in nearby Kent Avenue recently raised concerns over vehicles causing congestion in their narrow street, by making deliveries along it into the adjacent Willowdene Care Home.
Some delivery drivers have been forced to take that route because cars were parked illegally in a loading bay directly outside the care complex.
On Monday, members of Hebburn Community Area Forum will receive a petition from North Farm Road residents requesting a Traffic Regulation Order, to allow them to continue parking on the tarmac next to their properties.
Maureen Charles, 67, who has lived in North Farm Road since 1981, said: “Until at least 15 years ago there used to be a grassed verge and that was tarmaced over.
“Trees, which acted as a screen for the noise from vehicles passing in the street, have also been removed. At the time it was tarmaced, the council told us we could park on the tarmac, but not the pavement – which was fair enough.
“But yellow lines have now been put down, which means we can’t park from the kerb to the wall of our homes.
“We are asking for the right to park on the verge – and we want it in writing.
“Some of the houses in the street have no driveways. Where are the residents supposed to park?
“There’s an awful lot of anger at this and every household this affects has agreed to sign the petition.
“All this will do is transport a problem from Kent Avenue to North Farm Road.”
Coun John McCabe, who represents Hebburn South for Labour, said he has sympathy for the residents’ plight.
He has contacted council engineers to see if they can come up with a solution which will allow homeowners to continue parking outside their properties.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “There have been long-standing parking restrictions along North Farm Road and these will continue to be in force.
“The only new restriction is the formal enforcement of the new loading bay outside the Willowdene care home.
“A petition is due to be handed in to the Hebburn CAF, where it will be given due consideration.”
Hebburn Community Area Forum is to meet in the Iona Social Club on the town’s Station Road from 10am on Monday. Members of the public are invited to attend.