Residents-only parking ‘catastrophic for tourism’, councillors fear

RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS: Parking along the stretch of South Crescent on the Headland between numbers one and six will soon be for residents only.
RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS: Parking along the stretch of South Crescent on the Headland between numbers one and six will soon be for residents only.

A RESIDENTS-only parking scheme will be introduced on part of the Headland after a request from fed-up families.

Parking will soon be restricted outside homes at numbers one to six South Crescent and 32 St Hilda Chare for most of the week.

Hartlepool Borough Council approved the request by residents who complained back in 2013 they could not park outside their own homes due to visitors and fishermen.

But Headland Parish Council objected to the scheme amid fears it would open the door to more requests.

Coun Jim Ainslie, who is Chair of the Headland Parish, feared such schemes would put off visitors from going to the historic Headland and potentially put businesses at risk.

He told the Neighbourhood Services Committee, which he is also a member of: “I think it would have catastrophic consequences for the Heugh Gun Battery, Mary Rowntrees and the Pot House.

“We will be inundated with requests. The local neighbourhood plan clearly states and the parish council stated we do not want residents parking anywhere on the Headland.

“It will set a precedent.”

Coun Stephen Gibbon agreed saying: “Very soon a whole load of the Headland could be residents-only parking.”

But Coun Robbie Payne disagreed saying: “It’s what the residents want. If they think there is a need they should be allowed to apply for it.

“Every case could be dealt with on its own merits.”

Coun Marjorie James said there was no supporting documentation to back up Coun Ainslie’s fears.

The zone will be in operation from Monday to Saturday between 8am–6pm, and permits will cost £20.

Waiting restrictions on the opposite side of South Crescent will be extended to safeguard access to vehicles along the narrow road.

A designated loading and disabled parking bay will be created outside a care home at 7 South Crescent.