Selfish drivers creating parking chaos on a Middlesbrough estate are being warned they face hefty fines if they continue to flout the rules.
Middlesbrough Council is leading a multi-agency crackdown following complaints from residents on the Scholars Rise development off Marton Road.
They’ve been plagued by rogue parking – thought to be staff and sometimes visitors trying to avoid charges at the James Cook University Hospital site – blocking driveways and footpaths outside residents’ homes.
In some cases, vehicles have been parked on kerbs in such a way as to prevent emergency services access, while some residents have been unable to use footpaths for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
The roads and footpaths were adopted by the local authority last autumn, and an enforcement drive will be launched shortly in a bid to stamp out hazardous parking.
Those motorists caught flouting the rules can expect to receive a £70 Penalty Charge Notice (reducing to £35 if paid within 14 days).
Those found obstructing the highway could also find themselves the subject of a £30 notice issued by the police.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will also encourage staff to use sustainable transport or the parking facilities provided for those who drive to work.
The Scholars Rise parking crackdown follows a meeting with senior highways and parking enforcement officers called by Marton East ward member Councillor Dorothy Davison.
Councillor Davison said: “Parking on this estate by non-residents is not just selfish – it has the potential to put lives at risk.
“The residents of Scholars Rise have had enough, so this enforcement drive should help to ease the problems they’ve been faced with.”
Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “We have been aware of issues at this location for some time, but we are unable to take formal action until the highway has been adopted.
“The vehicles causing the majority of the problems for local residents appear to be parked there for the length of various hospital shift patterns, but we must make it abundantly clear that this not an alternative parking solution for NHS Trust staff.
“Affordable alternatives are readily available, and we will work our partners at South Tees and Cleveland Police over the coming weeks to resolve what has become an intolerable situation for local residents.”
Kevin Oxley, Director of Estates, ICT and Healthcare Records for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We recognise parking on the estate is a major source of frustration for residents and continue to encourage our staff to park on the James Cook site, which has sufficient spaces available since the opening of the Prissick Base car park in October 2016.
“This, in turn, has allowed us to create more patient and visitor spaces on site with closer access to the hospital.
“We will continue to work closely with the Council over the coming weeks to review any potential change in parking habits following the introduction of penalty notices.”
Cleveland Police Neighbourhoods Inspector Dave Snaith said: “We wholeheartedly support Middlesbrough Council’s aim to ensure public safety by making sure motorists are parking responsibly.
“We are pleased therefore to learn that the Scholars Rise area will be the focus of their activity and will offer advice and support as required.”
- For full details of car parks and charges in Middlesbrough, visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/parking