Durham parking scheme could expand

A RESIDENTS’ parking scheme could be extended for a fourth time, just months after its third expansion.

Last July, Durham County Council agreed to expand Durham City’s controlled parking zone (CPZ) to include areas of North End.

The CPZ aims to restrict on-street parking by requiring visiting motorists to display resident-issued scratchcard-style permits.

It was extended after North End residents complained of their streets being jammed with the cars of County Hall workers, hospital staff, sixth form students from St Leonard’s RC School and commuters.

In a ballot, 12 streets voted to join the CPZ.

Householders on Boste Crescent and Old Dryburn Way voted against the scheme and so their streets were excluded.

However, parking problems have since moved onto these streets, leading to complaints from residents.

Neville’s Cross county councillors Nigel Martin and Grenville Holland have launched a survey of Boste Crescent and Old Dryburn Way to see if residents would now like to join the CPZ.

Coun Martin said: "Having talked to the traffic department at County Hall, it seems that they are naturally reluctant to impose a scheme so soon after residents voted against it but it may be that the local mood has changed, in which case County Hall may be persuaded to move."

However, The Northern Echo understands council chiefs would support the CPZ’s extension.

Coun Martin added: "The presence of the hospital (the University Hospital of North Durham, or UHND) is not only creating problems around the nearby residential estate – there are regularly queues tailing back onto Southfield Way around 2pm when afternoon visiting starts at UHND.

"These are long enough to cause problems at the Sniperley roundabout."

The two councillors are leading the survey house-to-house but residents can complete a questionnaire online at: surveymonkey.com/s/NLRYSD9 Durham’s CPZ was introduced in the city centre more than ten years ago, before being extended to Western Hill and later to Framwellgate Moor.

Residents wanting to park on-street have to buy annual permits, each costing £30, with a limited number available to each household.

Visitors have to buy a regular visitors’ permit or be given a scratchcard-style pass by a resident.

The proposals could require formal consultation. If there are objections, they may have to go before a highways committee.

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12:56pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Dean M says...

This wouldn't be about extra tax for the Council, yet again, would it?
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This is what happens when the council put more and more parking tax meters on every road they can - it just tempts motorists to find somewhere free to park.
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I remember the road alongside Wharton Park, it was free to park there for many, many years. The Council then decide to grab more tax by putting meters there, and so many Dryburn, Council and other workers and motorists will look elsewhere.
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Soon it will be a case of parking tax for every road in Durham that has a postcode starting DH, and for every road in Darlo with a postcode starting DL.
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Mind you, I guess the money has to come from somewhere for all these council executives to be able to receive their £100,000 plus salaries.
This wouldn't be about extra tax for the Council, yet again, would it? . This is what happens when the council put more and more parking tax meters on every road they can - it just tempts motorists to find somewhere free to park. . I remember the road alongside Wharton Park, it was free to park there for many, many years. The Council then decide to grab more tax by putting meters there, and so many Dryburn, Council and other workers and motorists will look elsewhere. . Soon it will be a case of parking tax for every road in Durham that has a postcode starting DH, and for every road in Darlo with a postcode starting DL. . Mind you, I guess the money has to come from somewhere for all these council executives to be able to receive their £100,000 plus salaries. Dean M
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1:08pm Wed 25 Apr 12

loonyleft says...

And to stop the traffic clogging up the whole town, get out of your car and walk for a change dean.
And to stop the traffic clogging up the whole town, get out of your car and walk for a change dean. loonyleft
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11:51pm Wed 25 Apr 12

tomtopper says...

loonyleft wrote:
And to stop the traffic clogging up the whole town, get out of your car and walk for a change dean.
Get out of your car and walk from where exactly? Ten miles away? Its just a way for the oppressive regime in county hall making money, pure and simple, led by the hypocritical champagne socialist of a chief executive, raping a historic city in the quest for money and cheap point scoring leftie ideals.. europeanising everything
[quote][p][bold]loonyleft[/bold] wrote: And to stop the traffic clogging up the whole town, get out of your car and walk for a change dean.[/p][/quote]Get out of your car and walk from where exactly? Ten miles away? Its just a way for the oppressive regime in county hall making money, pure and simple, led by the hypocritical champagne socialist of a chief executive, raping a historic city in the quest for money and cheap point scoring leftie ideals.. europeanising everything tomtopper
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3:40pm Fri 27 Apr 12

loonyleft says...

Yes tom get walking set off a bit earlier it,ll do you the world of good.It,s got nothing to do with left wing, right wing, or upside down politics, You can,t let a town get choked up with traffic. Give it a try,it might do wonders for you,re waistline !!!
Yes tom get walking set off a bit earlier it,ll do you the world of good.It,s got nothing to do with left wing, right wing, or upside down politics, You can,t let a town get choked up with traffic. Give it a try,it might do wonders for you,re waistline !!! loonyleft
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