PARKING: Reverse permit decision now

I am writing with regard to the withdrawal by the council of the foreshore parking permit.

I have two children, both of whom are regular beach users, and we visit and park at various foreshore car parks on an almost daily basis. If we did not have use of the permit, quite simply, we would not be able to afford to keep up with such activities and in effect would be driven away from use of the beach area.

I cannot understand the basis for the council’s decision on this matter, and would be interested to have an insight of what went into the decision making process.

If it was economic, were projections produced comparing what I feel would be the clear reduction in usage by, and hence revenue from, the local residents who currently hold the foreshore permit against the loss of regular and guaranteed upfront income derived from the issue and uptake of the permit scheme?

Was any consideration made of simply increasing the cost of the permit to derive greater income?

I was born and bred in North Tyneside and after moving away at the age of 18 for educational and employment reasons moved back some 18 years ago to resettle in the area and bring up my own family with the benefits of all that the area, and in particular the beachfront, has to offer.

Sadly, since my return I have witnessed the continued decline of the area and the seemingly increasingly incompetent activities and decision making of successive councils.

Whilst I fully appreciate the economic difficulties faced by the current and previous councils, a more than substantial sum of money has been expended over recent years with no seeming improvements produced.

The obvious case in point is the Dome, an iconic landmark which has been ill-used for many years and which remains empty, despite the oft revised and updated plans submitted by various councils.

You also have to question the benefits derived from the alteration of the road system around the Dome, which has, to my mind, resulted in nothing, but an uncompleted white elephant of an area, together with regular vehicle tailbacks, all at no doubt substantial cost to the taxpayer.

Whilst I appreciate the additional external funding received by adjacent councils, any visit to the seafront areas of both Blyth to the north and South Shields to the south puts the failures of North Tyneside in its “regeneration” plans in clear context.

North Tyneside Council has a duty to provide for its residents and quite simply the provision of the foreshore parking permit is one such provision.

The council should be encouraging its residents to make regular use of the coast and beaches and by withdrawing the provision of the foreshore parking permit it is doing exactly the opposite.

I would suggest that the cost benefits to the council in removing the permit are negligible, but that the detriment to the community it supposedly serves is great.

Reverse this decision now.

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