Call for action over parking congestion

Coun Richard Dodd at the Meadowfield Industrial Estate. Photo by Gemma Marriner.
Coun Richard Dodd at the Meadowfield Industrial Estate. Photo by Gemma Marriner.

MOVES are underway to try and tackle a parking issue in Ponteland as the problems have got worse in recent weeks.

County councillor for Ponteland North, Richard Dodd, has organised meetings with officers from the authority and the Manners firm in a bid to ease congestion at Meadowfield Industrial Estate.

He says the long-standing predicament of vehicles parking at the roadside because the nearby car parks are full has intensified since work began on a new care home at the former Ponteland Auction Mart site and staff at a business were banned from its own car park.

The measures being looked at include a better pull-in facility for lorries and time restrictions at the county council-run car parks in the area.

Coun Dodd said: “This parking problem has now become acute and we need to take action.

“When cars and wagons park at the side of the road, it effectively becomes a single lane and it causes much congestion.

“Some parents are sensibly using the car parking areas when taking their children to school and picking them up, but other drivers are stopping all day, which means they get full very quickly.

“Staff at Waitrose have been parking in them because they are not allowed to park at the store and now the post office general manger, on the grounds of health and safety, has banned all staff cars from its internal car park.

“The situation has got so bad that vehicles are using the car park at the GP surgery in Meadowfield as an overspill.

“I’m trying to make sure that we have the tools in place to free up space at the car parks so we can resolve the issue and I think time restrictions will be necessary.”

He added that parking works are taking place in other parts of Ponteland, such as resurfacing in front of the shops on Thornhill Road to include four time-limited spaces and bollards.