Charge is removed from one car park

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ADDITIONAL free car parking has been created in the borough following requests by residents and visitors.

Visitors to Tynemouth can now park in Priors Haven car park after North Tyneside Council removed charges.

Drivers can park all day during weekends and for two-hours, with no return within four hours, between Monday and Friday without charge.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “This is a solution which is good for residents, good for businesses and good for the tourism of the local area.

“So far, our efforts to support the town centres have been extremely successful and highly supported.

“I am confident that the free parking at Priors Haven will also be well-received.

“We have been working hard to improve solutions to parking in Tynemouth.”

The ticket machine has been removed from the Priors Haven car park and the new scheme is now in place.

Elsewhere, the site of the current Whitley Bay library has been earmarked as a future public parking site.

The current building is to be demolished once the town’s new joint service centre opens in the spring next year.

The new parking is aimed to particularly benefit the nearby water park, which is proving a thriving attraction and will also benefit visitors to the nearby town centre and coast.

Mrs Arkley said: “I have listened to the views of the public – including residents and visitors to Whitley Bay – and have decided to earmark the former library site for car parking.

“It will be convenient for the many people who enjoy coming to the water park and the seafront as well as an asset for local people and visitors to the nearby town centre.”

The new multi-million pound joint service centre is currently under construction on the former Whitley Bay Coliseum site in the town centre.

The car park will have 56 new spaces all of which will be free with a two-hour limit.