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End Heaton’s Parking Chaos

Stephen Howse Heaton terraces parkingWe, residents of the Heaton Terraces between Heaton Road and Newington Road, would like to bring the following to the attention of Newcastle Council:

  • Our area is probably the closest area to the centre of town without parking controls, meaning that our residential streets are used as a free car park by many commuters;
  • In addition, we have a large number of short-term rental shared houses (HMOs), where one property can have up to five vehicles parked at the kerb;
  • These two factors mean our streets are jammed with parked cars and those looking for parking spaces; this will thwart moves towards Low Traffic Neighbourhoods;
  • Several previous attempts to introduce parking permits have failed to meet the Council's thresholds at consultation;
  • The detailed results of those consultations show that streets with a high concentration of HMOs also have the highest level of objections;
  • Therefore we are in a Catch-22 situation which makes the quality of life of long-term residents a misery.

We call on the Council to establish a panel of Councillors (ie a RASC) to consider whether parking permits should be implemented in our area of Heaton, to bring us in to line with demographically similar neighbourhoods such as Sandyford.

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