Residents-only parking should ease problems

RESIDENTS ONLY ZONE: Homes opposite the Elizabeth Way shops where a new parking scheme is set to be introduced
RESIDENTS ONLY ZONE: Homes opposite the Elizabeth Way shops where a new parking scheme is set to be introduced

A NEW residents-only car parking zone is set to be introduced in Seaton Carew after concerns from homeowners.

Residents living on Elizabeth Way have asked Hartlepool Borough Council to do something to manage traffic outside their homes better.

A number of properties opposite the Elizabeth Way shops have reported parking problems and trouble getting onto their driveways.

Most parking on Elizabeth Way is unregulated except restrictions around a bus stop and customer parking at the shops limited to two hours.

A report by Alastair Smith, the council’s Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods said: “Although the two hour maximum stay parking restriction has been in place for some time now, residents living opposite the shops have reported a noticeable increase in the number vehicles parking on Elizabeth Way.

“This has led to traffic congestion, cases of inconsiderate parking and instances of driveway obstruction, all of which have had an adverse affect on the number of convenient on street parking spaces available to residents.”

It is thought some people are parking on the road to avoid the two hour limit at the shops.

The residents parking scheme is planned to be brought in outside 12 homes on Elizabeth Way.

Letters were sent out to 17 properties during a consultation exercise. Nine responded with eight in favour and only one against.

Council papers added: “Residents were made aware of the benefits and limitations of the scheme and were sent a comprehensive explanation of the enforcement hours, permit application process and terms and conditions of use as part of this consultation process.”

The parking scheme would be in force Monday to Saturday between 8am and 6pm at a cost of £20 a year.

Councillors on the Neighbourhood Services Committee are being urged to pass the scheme when they meet on Monday.