Hebburn parking plea could be verging on rejection

Parking problems at North Farm Road Hebburn.
Parking problems at North Farm Road Hebburn.

A PLEA by homeowners in South Tyneside to allow them to park cars on verges outside their properties may fall on deaf ears.

 Since a grass verge was covered with tarmac more than 15 years ago, residents in Hebburn’s North Farm Road have routinely parked on the land without any sanctions being imposed.

We would be endorsing parking across any driveway

Council report

 They were angered when yellow lines were put down recently which removed that “right to park”.

 The campaign was led by resident Maureen Charles.

 Hebburn Community Area Forum received a petition from residents requesting an order to allow them to continue parking on the tarmac.

 But when forum members meet at the town’s Lincoln Court Housing Plus complex at 10am on Monday they will be recommended to reject the request. They will be told that, of the 20 properties, 19 have off-street parking.

 To approve the residents’ request would be “endorsing parking across any driveway”, a report concludes.

 The report adds: “Should such an order be introduced then effectively, we would be endorsing parking across any driveway and residents may experience blockages of driveways which would become an enforcement issue for Northumbria Police.”

 It is to be proposed instead that further consultations are held with residents to consider relaxing the current 8am to 6pm traffic regulation order.

 Mrs Charles was unavailable for comment yesterday.