Headland residents-only parking zone to go ahead – despite new objections

Parking along the stretch of South Crescent on the Headland between numbers one and six will soon be for residents only.
Parking along the stretch of South Crescent on the Headland between numbers one and six will soon be for residents only.
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Councillors have vowed to push on with the introduction of a new residents-only parking zone on the Headland despite a number of new objections.

Hartlepool Borough Council agreed in March to a request for restrictions from residents in South Crescent on the seafront.

I can’t see any new evidence that they shouldn’t have it

Councillor Allan Barclay

They said they often have difficulty parking outside their homes because of visitors to the area, including the paddling pool.

A report by Alastair Smith, the council’s assistant director of neighbourhoods, said: “Its close proximity to the paddling pool, slipway and pier attracts a number of visitors to the area but the limited number of available parking spaces has led to several complaints of inconsiderate parking and obstruction of access which residents have cited as justification for introducing such controls.”

But the authority received a number of objections, including from Headland Parish Council, when the scheme was advertised.

The issue was referred back to the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee but decided to continue with the scheme.

Mr Smith added: “During the consultation period, the head of legal services has received a number of letters of objection to the proposal from the Headland Parish Council, Headland Neighbourhood Planning Team and several local residents opposing the proposal.”

The objections came from residents, parish council and Headland Neighbourhood Planning Team.

They pointed out parking was not just an issue in South Crescent and felt it would provide an unfair advantage, while other parts of the Headland would suffer.

They added the problem of visitor parking was worst on evenings and at weekends when the new restrictions would not be in force.

The Headland Neighbourhood Plan, spearheaded by residents, are also against it and felt they had been ignored.

But Councillor Allan Barclay said: “I believe that we should carry on.

“I can’t see any new evidence that they shouldn’t have it.”

Committee member Coun Jim Ainslie, who is also chairman of Headland Parish Council, previously said he feared such schemes would put off visitors from going to the historic Headland and could potentially put Headland businesses and attractions at risk.

The controls will restrict parking outside one to six South Crescent and 32 to 33 St Hilda Chare, between Monday and Saturday, from 8am-8pm.

The committee also agreed to consult and engage with residents to assess the likely support or otherwise to resident controlled parking for the wider Headland area.