Business and residents hit by Sunderland parking charge hike

Businesses and residents will be hit by Sunderland’s parking charge increases - Councillor


Concerns have been raised about the impact Sunderland Council’s decision to increase parking prices will have on local businesses in the city centre, and on residents living in surrounding areas.


Sunderland Council have today announced that from 1st June costs in council car parks and on street bays will rise by 10p per hour. The all day Sunday rate in multi storey car parks will rise by 50p to £2.


Commenting, Liberal Democrat councillor Niall Hodson (Millfield and Thornholme) said:


“Just weeks after local elections - during which no Labour candidate told people they would be hiking parking prices - ruling councillors have announced that from next month people will have to pay even more to park in Sunderland.


“This news will not be welcomed by local businesses, who already face competition from the Metro Centre and Dalton Park where free parking is available, and from Newcastle city centre where free parking is offered after 5pm.


“I am also worried that increased prices in city centre car parks will have a knock-on impact on residential streets around the University, in Millfield and in Thornhill where residents are already besieged by people parking outside their homes to avoid pricey city centre parking charges.


“When it comes to parking, Sunderland Council simply can’t go on like this.”



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