Residents ‘overwhelmingly’ back permit scheme

HARTLEPOOL Mayor Stuart Drummond has backed residents who wanted to remain within a permit controlled parking scheme.

Dozens of homes in Linden Grove, in Hartlepool, will still be subject to permit parking restrictions after a consultation showed residents were “overwhelmingly” in favour.

The scheme applies to part of Linden Grove, the stretch between Grange Road and Wilton Avenue, as the remaining properties opted out of the Hartlepool Borough Council scheme in 2008.

Those who wanted to remain did so amid concerns about inconsiderate parking and driveways being obstructed as a result of the nearby Grange Road Nursery.

That was agreed in May 2008. But the permits were due to expire this month, which led to officers consulting with residents to see if they wanted to continue – and a massive 80 per cent were in favour.

Mayor Drummond said he was happy to back the residents at a recent meeting of his regeneration and neighbourhoods portfolio.

He said: “The consultation was overwhelmingly in favour and I was happy to accept.

“There does seem to be a lot of these reports coming backwards and forward and I have asked if there could be something put in place that once a decision is made it is in place for five years before it can be reviewed.

“The officers said they would go and have a look at the national guidelines.”

The consultation, which saw 21 responses from 27 homes, revealed 81 per cent were in favour of the permit scheme and just 19 per cent were against.

A report to the meeting recommended Mayor Drummond approve that houses 1 to 23 and 2 to 32 in Linden Grove continue to be included within the current permit controlled scheme.

Alastair Smith, assistant director (transportation and engineering), said that several residents had indicated that once permit restrictions were removed in Grange Road, the need to protect Linden Grove residents from the parking issues had diminished.

He added: “As a result there was a perception that the views of the residents may have significantly changed and there was now no longer residential support to continue in the permit zone.

“Consequently residents have been consulted for their views on this proposal.”

The annual permits for Zone A are due for renewal today, October 1, and the cost is £20 per permit.