Mum calls for rethink on parking restrictions

CALLS for a relaxation of new parking restrictions in Tynemouth to make it easier for parents to drop off and pick up their children at school have been rejected.

Mum Sarah Rose has called on North Tyneside Council to amend the restrictions for the benefit of parents of pupils at the village’s King’s School.

Sarah says the new permits now in force make it difficult for her to drop off her two children at the Huntingdon Place school, adding that many other parents feel the same way.

She is calling for a meeting to be held to give parents and shopkeepers the chance to discuss the issue with council officials.

Sarah, managing director of FuDa International Trading Company in South Shields, said: “I respect and understand that residents need parking permits and that parking as a whole is difficult in such a village, where traffic is constant.

“However, for short periods of time, surely some leeway needs to be given to allow parents to safely drop off and collect our children from school.”

The businesswoman also reported seeing one parent drive around the school block three times and failing to find a space on each occasion.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We do take into account the safety of all road users in implementing new parking schemes and carry out risk assessments as appropriate.

“The new scheme in Tynemouth does not prevent parents from continuing to use the large amount of unrestricted parking bays near to the King’s School, although we recognise that these are in high demand from staff and pupils.

“While there are streets within the vicinity of Kings school allocated for residents’ parking, many have weekend restrictions only, and there are alternative areas nearby where motorists can park.

“Station Road and Huntingdon Place, the immediate streets outside the school, have a capacity of 120 unrestricted parking spaces.

“There are also St Oswin’s Place and Percy Park Road within a short walk, again unrestricted with a capacity of a further 140 spaces.

“Sea View car park, which is situated across the road from the school, has 26 parking spaces.”