Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (26th February 2013) welcomed the news that Redcar and Cleveland Council would not be progressing plans to introduce residents parking zones, restricted parking in Saltburn town centre and pay-and-display areas on the town’s Marine Parade.
“This news from the council is welcome, and a recognition that these proposals were simply impossible given the scale of well-argued opposition from local businesses and local people and the admitted fact that there was no appreciable parking problems in the town that would warrant such a draconian approach. That is why I opposed these proposals from the very outset.
“I have to say that – from my own postbag and from the postbag to my predecessor Ashok Kumar – there have never been any complaints about parking in the area of Saltburn that would have been affected by these proposals if they were to go ahead. I have made this point forcibly to the Council. I note the council say that they will be looking to future parking proposals on a borough wide basis. It is crucial that these have community consent, and I will want to be fully consulted on any proposals – and will keep a close eye on what may emerge over coming months.”
“The key issue was always the need to protect the viability and vitality of local town centre businesses including shops, restaurants and tradesmen. This has been finally recognised and I hope this means that they can now carry on running their enterprises free from the fear that their trade could have been threatened by needless parking restrictions.”