An angry resident has questioned the need for permit parking in Tynemouth after a loophole was discovered.
John Wilkinson was shocked to discover visitors parking in Percy Gardens Cottages despite the street being permit holders only.
This is making a mockery of the parking permitsJohn Wilkinson
But he was left stunned when one motorist told him that he had bought a ‘parking scratchcard’ in a nearby shop, allowing him to park in permit only streets.
Mr Wilkinson said: “People are able to buy these cards and put them in their windscreen. This is making a mockery of the parking permits.
“These scratchcards can be used in any street.”
Mr Wilkinson has found that a few shops in the village are selling the scratchcards, which allow motorists to stay for an average of three hours.
“Residents are having to pay for their permits yet the council is getting away with murder,” he said.
“It’s all just greed from the council, a way to make money.
“The scratchcards vary in price depending on how long you want to park for.
“I’ve only noticed this recently but it could have been going on for three or four months.
“It’s crazy what the council is doing. It’s a complete and utter farce.”
A council spokesperson said: “Scratchcard vouchers are only provided in Tynemouth Village to four small businesses to enable temporary parking within a permit zone for the purpose of supporting their trade.
“Our parking control team can be contacted on (0191) 643 2121.”