Police tackling parking at pub

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A popular pub on a notoriously dangerous country road is causing parking problems for road users.

Police in Whitley Bay have received several calls from members of the public about dangerous parking near the Beehive Pub in Hartley Lane, near Earsdon.

In recent weeks, officers from Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team have been visiting the pub to issue advice to motorists to drive at reduced speeds near the premises and to park considerately.

Police said they are working with the landlord and the local council who are putting in place long term measures to resolve the issue.

Pub landlord Sean Kelly has increased the size of the pub carpark to cope with the extra demand, but motorists are still parking along the grass verge on the road outside.

North Tyneside Council said it intends to implement proposals to reduce the national speed limit on Hartley Lane to 40mph.

Pc Dave Williams said: “We’ve received a number of complaints from people about parking causing a danger to other road users.

“We’re asking people not to park on the grass verge beside the Beehive Pub as this is a road safety issue.

“Extra police patrols are being carried out in this area to tackle the issue and if necessary those found driving dangerously or causing an obstruction will face further police action.

“Drivers who obstruct the highway can face paying a £40 fixed penalty notice.

“But we hope that by highlighting the problem people will park appropriately.”

A spokesperson from North Tyneside Council said: “Road safety is a priority and our parking control team are set to meet the pub’s landlord and Northumbria Police to discuss the issue.

“We’re looking at the possible introduction of a clearway restriction, which would prevent parking on the road, and a reduction in the speed limit.

“In addition, the road is due be resurfaced next month, which will improve road safety through the increased skid resistance of the new surface.”

Anyone with concerns about road safety is asked to call their neighbourhood policing team.