Parking places to go in revamp of Hanley streets
A CASH-STRAPPED council expects to lose £100,000 from on-street parking and enforcement charges as part of plans to revamp the city centre.
A number of parking bays and bus lanes are set to be removed from Hanley under major plans for a new bus station and retail development.
And the changes will also see disabled parking bays removed to make way for the new bus routes.
Changes include the removal of on-street parking along both Percy Street and Tontine Street, and the withdrawal of disabled parking bays in either Stafford Street or Trinity Street.
There will be no changes to the pay-and-display bays currently in Trinity Street.
Disabled bays will be created in Goodson Street and Burton Place to replace those lost in Tontine Street and Percy Street. There will also be spaces in Foundry Street.
A council report states: "The loss of on-street parking in this area of the city centre is one of the consequences of the public realm improvements and the council's view that the removal of traffic and parking from Percy Street and Tontine Street in particular will encourage regeneration by making the area more attractive to shoppers."
Pam Dutton, assistant manager of Percy Street wedding suit supplier Formal Affair, said: "We are not happy about losing the parking bays, but there is nothing we can do about it."
Shoppers, however, have welcomed the plans, but claim the authority should address parking prices to increase trade. Kelly Royals, aged 26, a learning support assistant from Newcastle, said: "Pedestrian access will make the area safer and eliminate inconsiderate parking, as is the case now.
"The whole area needs updating and renovating."
Student David Booker, aged 29, of Shelton, added: "I think anything that can be done to help regenerate Hanley is a good thing."
A two-month public consultation led to 25 alterations to the original proposals.
Lizette Morganti, aged 33, of Newcastle, a project worker for supported housing, said: "I don't go to Hanley because of the cost of parking. I do not see that pedestrianisation will encourage shoppers."
As part of its plans, the authority will also close four of its car parks in Hanley. They include the 51-space Lichfield Street car park, Castle Street car park, which has 112 spaces, the 30-space facility in Crown Street and the 11 spaces in Warner Street.
The Sentinel has reported on plunging council car park income, which reached £3.2 million in 2009/10, but has slumped to £2.5 million this year – £400,000 less than budgeted.