Residents against parking proposal

Councillor Jane Dargue.
Councillor Jane Dargue.

Angry residents are objecting to a proposal for a dual parking scheme in George Street and Lawson Street.

Speaking during public question time at last week’s town-council meeting, Stuart Coulson, of George Street, branded the idea ridiculous.

He said that residents did not want a joint parking scheme, said some householders had not been consulted about the proposal and branded the saga a fiasco.

He said: “Earlier this year, the county council canvassed residents on three options – residents’ permit parking zone at any time; a dual-use scheme; or no use.

“Only some of the residents received the canvassing letter. From the canvassing that the county council did manage to do, they received 10 responses from Lawson Street.

“Nine chose residents-only parking, and one chose no change. Nine responses were received from George Street. Eight chose residents-only parking, and one chose the joint parking scheme.

“We have done our own survey and found 34 households that we spoke to have objected to the joint scheme, only one agreed with it.”

Mr Coulson told the meeting that minutes from a parking and traffic flow meeting in May – which is made up of county council officers and representatives from the town council, development trust, business club and Amble county councillors – stated that responses from Lawson Street showed that the preferred option was a dual-use scheme.

“This is categorically wrong,” Mr Coulson said. “The residents of George Street and Lawson Street are against the joint scheme. If you can’t give us residents-only parking, then we suggest you leave things as they are.

“Why should George Street and Lawson Street residents have to pay to park outside their own homes when everyone else can park for free?

“The joint parking scheme will not help residents, but in fact make it worse. Once people see the parking signs this will attract them to park in our streets and who will be there to police it? Using our residential streets for a car park is not the answer.”

Amble Mayor Jane Dargue said that residents’ concerns would be raised at the next parking meeting, which took place yesterday.

Coun Helen Lewis said it was ridiculous that some residents hadn’t been consulted and Coun Jeff Watson said he agreed with objectors.