Community welcomes stadium parking plan

Stadium Of Light
Parking problems surrounded the Stadium of Light

Residents of Southwick and Monkwearmouth have given their support to a parking scheme around the Stadium of Light.

An increase in the number of events held at the stadium, along with changes to traditional match-day and kick-off times, had meant that existing parking restrictions were causing inconvenience.

But following a public consultation, Sunderland City Council are planning to remove the single yellow lines and signs currently in place, and introduce a parking permit system in the surrounding streets during events.

All households within the area will be able to apply for one free parking permit, with a small charge for additional vehicle permits as well as business and visitor permits.

Motorists will be informed of the parking restrictions by gateway signs as they enter the area, and ‘repeater signs’ in all streets.

73 per cent of residents and businesses responded to the consultation, with 71 per cent in favour of the scheme.

Council leader Paul Watson said: “I’d like to thank all the local residents and businesses that got involved with the public consultation, and have now given us their support to go ahead with the new community parking management scheme.

“We as a council listened to people’s concerns about on-street parking restrictions outside their homes, which they felt were no longer appropriate and causing unnecessary inconvenience, and this is our response.”

The proposals follow a decision by the council to refuse permission to build a takeaway on Newcastle Road, citing traffic problems.

An application to turn HNH Newsagents into a takeaway was refused by the North Sunderland Development Committee last month, after residents said traffic in the area had already become too dangerous.

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