Residents hit back at Sunderland council over cars illegally parked on the A690
FURIOUS residents hit back at the council’s “refusal” to prevent a series of cars from blocking part of the A690 outside a garage in the North East on an almost “daily” basis.
Residents living on Durham Road in Sunderland have taken their complaint to the ombudsman following what they say was an “embarrassing” response from Sunderland City Council.
The local government ombudsperson has since confirmed receiving a complaint, while the council said it was working with police to address concerns and find a longer-term solution.
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The Northern Echo previously reported that residents feared a “fatal accident” could occur if steps were not taken to prevent cars from parking outside the O’Connors garage.
At the time, residents accused the council of being “afraid” to act while claiming that the cars were forced into “last minute” maneuvers to avoid illegally parked cars.
Residents say cars are parked on the bike path and trail most days
The advice has been reported to the ombudsman, but he says he is working on a solution
But speaking to The Northern Echo, residents said they had no choice but to escalate a complaint against the council after their response.
Mark Stephen, who previously said the council and the garage would have “joint responsibility” if someone was killed or seriously injured on the stretch of road, fired back.
He said: “In the council’s response to the complaint, they say they have no plans to install more street furniture in the area.
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“It was suggested that the pavement be one lane, but that will only allow the garage to create space for more cars – where does it end.”
Mr Stephen, who said the company’s brand vehicles were often ‘thrown’ into the left lane of the A690, said: ‘This effectively rewards the garage for causing a nuisance to residents.
Residents say company brand vehicles are ‘dumped’ on the A690
“We’re not going anywhere with the board and all it does is say somewhere, that there will be plans to make changes to the road – but we don’t know when, while the people’s lives are in danger. . ”
Mr Stephen, who said he had previously been told council would not be installing small bollards or fences because of the “funding”, said residents were once again baffled.
He added: “It is surely cheaper to install them than to tear up the road, we would all rather see the council putting up fences, or something on the side of the road to deter the garage from using it as a parking lot.”
In response, the Sunderland council said it was aware of the parking issues next to the garage, as it said it was working on preventative measures, but did not confirm what it would be.
A spokesperson said: “We are aware of the parking issues next to the O’Connors garage and our Parking Services team is currently working with the police to resolve this issue.
“The council is also looking for new measures in this area to help alleviate parking problems and a detailed design is currently underway for a proposed program, but implementation of such a program can only begin. ‘once fruitful consultations have taken place and adequate funding. secured. ”
A spokesperson for the Local Government and Welfare Ombudsman confirmed having received a complaint against Sunderland City Council.
The Northern Echo has contacted O’Connors Garage but has not received a response at time of publication.