FOOTBALL lovers are being urged to use two free car parks on an east Shields estate.
Local Councillors Jim Foreman and Alex Donaldson are concerned about the number of cars parking along Quarry Lane in Cleadon Park, on match days.
A number of teams use the fields on Cleadon Recreational Park – especially at the weekend – but are causing chaos by parking on grass verges.
However, the pair are hoping the players and their supporters can use the car parks at the Old Quarry football pitch, and in Park Avenue.
Coun Foreman said: “Both of these car parks are nearby, and this should stop the dangerous parking on quarry lane and help elevate some of the traffic.
“It’s causing a lot of congestion for other road users, especially pubic transport and the emergency services.”
Often the grass verges in the street have been left churned up by the cars parking on them, leaving the area looking unsightly.
Coun Donaldson added: “There’s plenty of room in these car parks and it’s not too far away for people to walk.
“Plus, it will keep the players extra fit.”