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PARKING: Charge time is too long

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On Thursday, January 18, at 7.15pm, I passed along the seafront by the new Premier Inn, adjacent to the Spanish City site, in Whitley Bay.

I remarked that the hotel restaurant looked very busy and how good it was to see people out enjoying themselves.

As I rounded the building, I saw two local authority traffic enforcement officers in the car park at the rear.

I only had questions that they wouldn’t be able to answer.

Why do the seafront car parks charge up to 8pm for both visitors and locals alike? Is this not too much in the middle of winter?

The authority, which is spending millions bringing the town up to date and hoping that its fortunes will turn, is asking all of us to pay this charge, while, I believe, the car parks in Newcastle do not charge after 5pm to actively encourage visitors to stay.

Can anyone explain why North Tyneside Council has this parking policy? I am at a loss to know why.

I only hope that all of the diners had paid up and didn’t have their evening ruined by finding a ticket on their windscreen as I suspect that many of the people parking in these car parks would never think that charges would still apply at such an hour in the winter time.

Yours, in disappointment.

Fraser Gill

Whitley Bay