Seaton Carew set to benefit from £75,000 car parking investment

Parking spaces are often at a premium at Seaton Carew.
Parking spaces are often at a premium at Seaton Carew.

Visitor car parking in Seaton Carew is set to be increased as part of a £75,000 investment agreed by councillors.

Hartlepool Borough Council investigated the issue after councillors complained of a shortage of parking at the seaside resort leading to some drivers parking in the middle of the road and on junctions along The Front.

It is much needed

Councillor Jim Lindridge

They said more investment was needed if the area was going to be a popular visitor destination.

It has now been agreed to mark out the coach park at the southern end of Seaton Carew at a cost of £5,000.

And another 40 spaces are due to be created by extending the toilet block car park at the other end of Seaton near Newburn Bridge costing £70,000.

A report said the current car park has proved very popular since being built a few years ago, with it regularly being full and people parking on the grass verge.

Councillor Jim Lindridge, who sits on the Neighbourhood Services Committee, which approved the work, said: “I agree fully with the toilet car park being extended. It is much needed.”
Regarding marking out the coach park he added: “I think by marking the bays out rather than people parking randomly it is going to increase the car parking spaces we have got.

“That is an area where people are likely to come and spend money in that area of Seaton Carew.”

Council officers considered extending the former fairground site which is currently unmade ground.

But they said it was expected to cost £210,000 which could be lost in the future as the site is earmarked for potential development.

Officers said by marking out the existing coach park they can adjusted the ratio of spaces for cars, coaches and gorse bays to suit what was felt to be most appropriate.

A barrier would be placed between the old and new areas of the car park, to prevent long straight sections and discourage speeding and anti-social behaviour.

Officers said they did not think the proposal would interfere with car clubs who use the coach park for public events.