Hartlepool’s clogged-up streets ‘like Wacky Races’ says pub boss

ESCALATING PROBLEM: Landlord Alan Hay outside The Ship
ESCALATING PROBLEM: Landlord Alan Hay outside The Ship
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A PUB landlord has called for parking restrictions to be introduced on the Headland amid mounting fears for people’s safety.

Alan Hay, of The Ship, in Middlegate, is calling on Hartlepool Borough Council to take action over vehicles that he says are clogging the streets and causing problems.

Landlord at The Ship Inn, Middlegate, Headland, Hartlepool, Alan Hay concerned about the parking in the streets around his pub from workers at Heerema

Landlord at The Ship Inn, Middlegate, Headland, Hartlepool, Alan Hay concerned about the parking in the streets around his pub from workers at Heerema

Mr Hay says drivers who work in industry nearby park on kerbs and corners in Middlegate and Sunnyside.

He said the problem has escalated in the last year and fears for the safety of children crossing the roads.

The council says restrictions to help solve the problem are in the pipeline.

Mr Hay, 50, said: “They are parking on kerbs and I’ve seen three or four accidents already.

Parking in the streets around The Ship Inn on Hartlepool Headland

Parking in the streets around The Ship Inn on Hartlepool Headland

“I feel the council has got to do something about it.

“It is about time something happens sharp before someone gets killed.

“It only takes a minute for a child or someone to run out.

“It is the same cars every day. They start arriving about 6.50am and are here from morning until night.

“It is like Wacky Races on a night when they all try to make a quick getaway.”

Mr Hay added he and other businesses have not been able to take deliveries due to the parking problems.

He wants to see yellow lines or a limited waiting time with no return in 20 minutes introduced in the area.

“The shopkeepers said they didn’t want 20 minute parking when it was looked at before, now nobody can get parked,” added Mr Hay.

“There is double parking on Middlegate. All the businesses are losing out.”

A council spokesman said: “We have had discussions with Mr Hay about the parking issues outside the Ship. We understand the frustration and we are proposing to implement some car parking restrictions to alleviate the situation.”