Driver demands better parking after car wrecked in crashes

PARKING CONCERN: Denise Harrison (above and bottom) outside the front of her Northgate home where she is calling for a parking lane to be introduced. Below, the damage to her car, which has been written-off.
PARKING CONCERN: Denise Harrison (above and bottom) outside the front of her Northgate home where she is calling for a parking lane to be introduced. Below, the damage to her car, which has been written-off.

A WOMAN is calling for improved parking in the street where she lives after her car was crashed into and written off.

Denise Harrison says she has lost about £6,000 after her stationary 2011-plate Ford Fusion car suffered severe front-end damage when another motorist collided with the front of it.

The damage to Denise Harrison's car that was parked at the rear of her Northgate home. Picture by FRANK REID

The damage to Denise Harrison's car that was parked at the rear of her Northgate home. Picture by FRANK REID

The crash happened just weeks after another driver went into the side of the vehicle, which she paid £12,000 for.

Denise, 53, believes there is a problem with a lack of parking in Northgate which gets busy and congested due to resident parking and also parking linked to the shopping parade nearby.

She believes the problem could be solved by creating a parking lane, or bay for residents on the large area to the front of her home.

Denise said: “There’s a lot of traffic because of the shops. I think the answer is to put some properly surfaced parking for the residents by taking up some of the grassed area out the front of my house, or even at the end of the row of houses.

“The lack of parking has cost me a small fortune.”

The first collision happened in October last year when Denise had parked her car to the front of her home, which is separated from the road by a large grassed area.

The second incident happened on January 30 when she had parked to the back of her property, in Bond Street.

She said: “I had just got up when I heard a bang outside and I thought it might have been a workman’s wagon or whatever, until I looked out of my landing window and saw it was my car.

“A lad had gone into the front of it. Mechanics had a look at it but it was a write-off anyway.

“It happened in October as well when I’d parked it out the front. It’s so sickening, I’ve lost thousands of pounds. Luckily I’m using my daughter’s car at the minute.”

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “If Mrs Harrison would like to contact our Highways Department we would be happy to discuss her concerns with her.”