Petition against front garden parking plan

Angry residents have hit out at plans which they say could destroy the original heritage of their homes.

An application has been submitted to introduce a vehicle access crossing point to one property in Linskill Terrace, North Shields, to allow a vehicle to be parked in a front garden.

But some residents in the street fear the move could create a precedent which would see other houses following suit, destroying the appearance of the tree-lined avenue.

Around 40 people have signed a petition objecting to the proposal and residents are due to meet with local councillors and officials from North Tyneside Council at a special public meeting being held at the Linskill Centre today (Thursday) at 6.30pm.

One angry resident, who asked not to be named, said she felt it would be an attack on the Victorian properties in one of the grandest old streets in North Shields.

She said: “It is inconceivable to think that our 150-year-old homes are in jeopardy of losing their original history.

“North Tyneside Council has agreed to a seemingly haphazard plan to open up the flood gates and allow residents to park cars, caravans, boats, campervans and horse boxes in their front gardens, which will block the view of neighbouring properties.

“The council has already approved and allowed the vandalism of trees and the destruction and symmetry to our beautiful Victorian terraced homes.

“This will mean our streets being turning into a dumping ground for vehicles.

“As a community we need to stand up together and fight this gross atrocity as this is only the beginning as this will set the precedent for all the other Victorian streets in North Shields and Tynemouth.

“This will devalue our homes.

“We have a petition from residents that strongly oppose the sheer mindlessness and vandalism to our much loved street.”

Objections have also been raised on safety grounds as the property is 15-metres from a junction while the road is busy with traffic and a major bus route.

A North Tyneside Council spokesperson said: “Planning permission is not needed for the work that has been carried out at the front of a property in Linskill Terrace in North Shields.

“We have been asked to introduce a vehicle access crossing point at the same location and are aware of some concerns locally about this.

“As a result, we have organised a public meeting at the Linskill Centre to enable the matter to be discussed.”