Controversial Marine Walk parking restrictions on Sunderland seafront will be made permanent, despite objections
The City Council’s Planning and Roads (East) Committee heard this week that an objection had been submitted to a current experimental traffic control by-law in place in the northern section of Marine Walk.
The experimental decree was in place since July 27, 2020 and provided for the introduction of the ban on waiting at any time (double yellow lines) and the ban on motor vehicles except for loading and access to the premises. off-road.
The order extends from Grannie Annie’s to the roundabout past Roker Amusements, and helps maintain road safety, especially for pedestrians, and prevents inconvenient parking, according to council officers.
As part of the experimentation ordering process, anyone wishing to oppose the device can formally address their opposition to the town hall at any time during the experimentation period.
The committee heard that an objection had been made to the program due to concerns about the lack of disabled parking spaces in the area.
However, councilors voted unanimously to support the decree becoming permanent, highlighting the road safety benefits it offers to pedestrians.
Castle Ward representative Cllr Denny Wilson sympathized with the objector’s concerns, but noted that pedestrian traffic problems had lasted “over 10 years” in the area with numerous “near misses” .
He said: “We’ve had a lot of near misses, a lot of complaints and we can’t keep dodging it.
“The day will come when it is not a near miss and we will have a child death.
“If you think about it, you’ve got a beach, you’ve got ice cream, and in the middle you’ve got traffic.
“It’s a real accident waiting to happen.”
Cllr James Doyle, representative for the Fulwell neighborhood, also sympathized with the concerns expressed, but stressed that they must meet the needs of pedestrians in the area.
He said: “We need to stay aware of the needs of pedestrians and make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists, so on that basis I am happy to endorse the recommendations.”
The opponent had expressed his concerns about the lack of disabled parking spaces in the area following the order, adding that they were necessary to access the toilets in the area.
Speaking at the meeting, he said: “Life is very difficult if you are handicapped by Roker. There is not really between Roker and you can go to Seaburn, there is no suitable toilet for the disabled.
However, council officials said there was additional disabled parking available nearby with 10 disabled bays just south of the restrictions.
They added in the Marine Walk parking lot there are 7 disabled spaces and in the Harbor View parking lot there are 10.
Officers said the order did not remove any disabled bays, but prevented drivers from parking on the road.
They said the order was put in place because the area is heavily pedestrianized, but drivers believe they may be able to park at the north end of Marine Walk.
This led to heavy traffic in both directions with vehicles coming to try to park, they added.
The circulation order also includes a loading restriction between 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. to allow deliveries to companies.