Keep us in parking zone – residents

Mayor of Hartlepool Stuart Drummond
Mayor of Hartlepool Stuart Drummond

DOZENS of homes look set to remain within a permit controlled parking scheme.

Mayor Stuart Drummond was due to meet today to discuss plans for Linden Grove, in Hartlepool, which is currently subject to permit parking restrictions.

A section of the street is currently within Zone A of Hartlepool Borough Council’s resident permit parking scheme and that looks set to continue after a consultation.

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

Those still included wanted to remain in the scheme as a result of the nearby Grange Road Nursery amid concerns about inconsiderate parking and driveways being obstructed.

It was agreed back in May 2008 that they could remain, but the permits are due to expire next month and officers wanted to consult with residents to see if they wanted to continue.

The issue was set to be discussed by Mayor Drummond at a meeting as part of his regeneration and neighbourhoods portfolio.

A report by Alastair Smith, assistant director (transportation and engineering), said: “The annual permits in Zone A, expire in October 2012 and 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.

“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 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.

Therefore, officers have recommended Mayor Drummond notes the responses from residents and approve that houses 1 to 23 and 2 to 32 in Linden Grove continue to be included within the current permit controlled scheme.

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