Petition criticises CCTV parking enforcement car

A petition being handed over to Coun Michael Mackintyre and Coun George Partiss by the postmaster Bill Thompson and local residents of Monkseaton Audrey Lowther and Gordon Clark against the council's CCTV parking enforcement vehicle.
A petition being handed over to Coun Michael Mackintyre and Coun George Partiss by the postmaster Bill Thompson and local residents of Monkseaton Audrey Lowther and Gordon Clark against the council's CCTV parking enforcement vehicle.
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POST office users have hit out at the council’s parking enforcement vehicle.

North Tyneside Council initially brought in the CCTV vehicle to clampdown on cars parked in bus stops and parking illegally outside schools.

But recently, shoppers and users at West Monkseaton Post Office have found themselves on the wrong end of action after being caught parked on double yellow lines outside the premises in Earsdon Road – with no signs saying that CCTV is operation in the area.

And earlier this month they handed over a petition signed by 244 people calling on the council to relax parking restrictions outside the post office.

Among those caught stopping on the double yellow lines include a postman collecting letters, people stopping for less than a minute to post a letter, customers dropping off large parcels, and parents dropping children off.

All were caught by the CCTV vehicle and later received a £70 fine in the post.

Former Whitley Bay ward councillor Michael McIntyre took up the shoppers’ fight, handing over the petition to the council.

He said: “Nobody is being given any warning that this car is operating in this area.

“People feel it’s an underhand way of controlling parking in the borough.”

A council spokesperson said: “We have received a request to relax the parking restrictions outside West Monkseaton Post Office and the consideration of this matter can take into account this petition.

“The ‘no stopping’ restriction was introduced as an alternative to the previous double yellow lines, at the request of a local councillor and the community to improve safety for motorists.

“Cars parked in this location, even for a short period, obstruct the visibility for drivers exiting the adjacent junction.

“There are four notices erected in the area to advise of the restrictions in force.

“Alternative parking is available on the opposite side of the road and in the adjacent streets.

“Following a number of complaints from the community about ongoing difficulties caused by illegally parked or stopped vehicles, the council has used its parking control vehicle to monitor the situation and issued penalties to those breaching the legally designated no stopping restriction.”