South Tyneside Council to increase parking revenue in South Shields?
Now that “pay and display” parking is to become the norm in the bottom end of Beach Road South Shields, and despite the protestations or plans of Eric Pickles to end the “war against motorists”, I predict that South Tyneside Council will within a matter of the next two years extend the areas over which it can charge motorists to park in the town. We have already discovered that our parking charges are reasonably economic compared to other tourist haunts in the north-east, so I see an opportunity for our Labour councillors to increase revenue by extending the pay and display areas just as soon as they think it is opportune to do so.
Extra revenue is always welcome to a local authority, and if it is gathered in places where there is a captive market and they can claim that they are attempting to reduce vehicle congestion, then why won’t they? I predict that Bents Park Road, Seafield Terrace, Lawe Road, and even Ocean Road will get to see the familiar machines and more “enforcement officers” all in the due course of time.
It will be a war against Eric Pickles!