Spurious claims on parking issue.
VARIOUS reports say a row has broken out, because North Tyneside Council has introduced a PS250 per year parking permit charge, in place of the previous long-standing PS50, which was less than PS1 a week.
This row is also pursued by the opposition councillors, who are in only a very small minority in North Tyneside, even though such coastal councillors know the background to the council's attempts to control parking.
They are also aware, because it is probably the most signifi-cant problem in North Tyneside, particularly at the seafronts, Fish Quay area, and other much visited areas, even more than litter - vandalism.
The councillors of all parties are also aware that parking takes place often in a totally inconsiderate manner, on pavements, grass verges and edges of greens.
Residents will have their own list of infringements, imposed largely by other residents, but the PS250 is too large.
Glib references to the superiority of South Shields and Blyth, and the subsidising of the councillors' expenses, and that vehicle owners have "already paid" for their use of the roads, on a few seconds reflection, are in my view totally spurious.
The pavement-breakers, obstructors and stupid parkers are, however, a political issue. The frequency of such stupid parking and vehicle bad behaviour generally, is well known locally in the Marden.
At this time of year, the length of darkness and the attempts to cut street lighting, do not stop residents parking overnight, and we have been experiencing some accompanying downpours and ferocious winds at night.
There are instances of such parking at blind-corner entrances to cul-de-sacs, when in fact the vehicle should be parked 'on' the property it belongs to. Less than PS5 a week I believe will not pay for the continuous maintenance by councils, and the hazards more ordinary pedestrians experience. Observation of 20mph zones needs very great care!
AM JOHNSON, Cullercoats