Plans to charge for parking at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience

The Hartlepool Maritime Experience car park
The Hartlepool Maritime Experience car park

A PARKING charge may be introduced outside a Hartlepool tourist attraction to ensure there are enough spaces for genuine visitors.

Members of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee will next week consider introducing a daily charge of £1 in the car park serving Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience (HME).

But council officials are stressing that visitors to HME would not be disadvantaged as they would be able to redeem the parking charge against the cost of admission.

It follows concerns that large numbers of drivers are parking there to avoid town centre parking charges, attend matches at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park or escape vigorous parking enforcement on neighbouring privately-owned land.

Alastair Smith, assistant director (neighbourhoods), said: “Increased enforcement by neighbouring land holders and the convenient location this site offers to the marina, town centre and football ground are encouraging an excessive number of motorists to use the car park which, at times, exceeds capacity.

“On occasions, this is proving detrimental to the facilities the site is primarily intended to serve. “The numbers of vehicles involved do now require formal parking controls to protect parking availability and ensure convenient parking provision is readily available for the primary users of the site.”

If a charge is introduced, the Neighbourhood Services Committee is also being asked to approve parking controls on adjacent Maritime Avenue. The meeting is being held at the Civic Centre, at 9.30am on Monday, July 8.

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