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Parking problems in Jarrow are smoothed over

Fellgate car park resurfaced. From left resident Tony Pritchard head of Fellgate Primary school Carol Wilson, Couns Audrey Huntley, Geraldine Kilgour and Alan Smith.
Fellgate car park resurfaced. From left resident Tony Pritchard head of Fellgate Primary school Carol Wilson, Couns Audrey Huntley, Geraldine Kilgour and Alan Smith.

Car parking problems have finally been smoothed over – thanks to an injection of council cash.

Drivers have been enduring a bumpy ride at a crumbling Jarrow car park riddled with potholes for years.

It has been very long awaited - it is great news for the community.

Geraldine Kilgour

But now the area, situated behind Fellgate shops, has been renovated after residents voiced complaints to ward councillors Geraldine Kilgour and Alan Smith.

A £9,500 was secured from the Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum to help get work under way.

Coun Kilgour said the park – which provides a vital access point to Fellgate Primary School as well as shoppers – had become a health and safety risk to users.

She said that it proved troubling for people with mobility issues – such as those using scooters – to make their way through the area to the shops.

Coun Kilgour said: “It is absolutely fantastic news that the resurafcing work has been completed.

“It has been very long awaited. It is great news for the community.

“The park will be well used by parents of children at Fellgate Primary School.

“This will also relieve pressure on residential parking.”

The Labour ward councillors have been pushing for the resurfacing work to be completed for the last two years.

The overhaul was delayed as a pipe through the middle of the car park required essential works, but has now been completed – to the delight of councillors, residents and the nearby school.

The councilors were jeen to get the resurfacing project completed during the school holidays.

Now parents will have parking space to use when term time starts again.