Talks on new parking plan get under way

CONSULTATION is due to begin at the end of the month on an updated parking strategy for the borough.

The first four-year strategy for the borough is due to end this year, with officials at North Tyneside Council now planning a parking strategy to last them until 2015.

A draft policy has been produced, and cabinet members agreed it should go out to consultation among interested parties at the end of September.

A public consultation period is expected to begin the week commencing September 26 and end just before Christmas.

A final report is then expected to be put before the council’s cabinet in February next year.

A report to Monday’s cabinet meeting said: “The efficient and effective management of parking is essential as part of a co-ordinated approach to delivering the national strategic transport goals of supporting economic growth and carbon reduction.

“There has been a rapid growth in the number of residential parking permit schemes within the borough and also a considerable increase in the number of requests for new schemes and enforcement of existing schemes.

“A new strategy utilising the latest technology and a customer-driven best-value approach to the service over the draft new plan period is essential.”

The draft parking strategy includes eight key aims including supporting the borough’s businesses by being consistent and, where necessary, improving lighting and security at car parks.