Concerns at the size of parking spaces

Parked cars in Percy Park Road, Tynemouth, in spaces which visitors say are legally too small.
Parked cars in Percy Park Road, Tynemouth, in spaces which visitors say are legally too small.

Questions have been raised about the legality of parking spaces in Tynemouth.

Several motorists have been issued fines after parking in spaces on Percy Park Road outside Kings Priory School.

But one visitor says the cars have been incorrectly fined as the spaces are too small after being repainted last month.

Judith Sotoriou says the spaces only measure six foot, but the legal requirement is eight foot.

She said: “Wardens are handing out tickets to cars parking on the white lines, but the spaces are too narrow.

“You cannot get two cars alongside each other, so there are spaces being unused.

“The council has tried to squeeze more spaces into that little space.”

A council spokesman said: “The width of the bays at this location meets the Department for Transport standard of two metres. The area has been recently resurfaced and the lines were introduced where they were previously.”