Extra parking for Bishop Auckland

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MORE on-street parking spaces have been created in an effort to attract more visitors to Bishop Auckland town centre.

Durham County Council officers have increased the number of short stay parking bays and removed unnecessary loading bays and double yellow lines.

The number of limited waiting spaces has gone from seven to 48 and blue badge spaces have increased from 43 to 55.

The extra spaces can be found in the Market Place, North Bondgate, Fore Bondgate, Finkle Street, Tenters Street, Saddler Street, Westgate Road, Newgate Street and Victoria Avenue.

In addition, there are plans to turn the former bus station in North Bondgate into a car park with more than 150 spaces.

However, concerns have been raised at the number of motorists receiving tickets in the town, with an average of 104 a month handed out for wrongly parking in a loading bay and an average of 154 over the same period for failing to display a valid blue badge in a disabled bay.

Bishop Auckland county Councillor Joy Allen said: “We want to do as much as we can to support the businesses. It concerns me about the number of people getting tickets when it could have been avoided. It bothers me because I think will they come back.

“The county council is doing its best to create more spaces but some are still not being used like the ones behind Argos and below the multi-storey car park.

“We all have to work together. People still come up to me and say they can’t get parked.”

There are also proposals to change short stay parking charges in car parks with 60p for two hours with 50p for every extra hour as opposed to the current tariff of 60p for two hours and £1.60 for up to three hours.

Dave Wafer, Durham County Council’s strategic traffic manager, said: “We have removed restrictions that are no longer required in order to create additional parking spaces for visitors.

“We have also been talking to businesses and getting rid of loading bays and double yellow lines where they are not needed. All of the new spaces have a 30-minute or one-hour limit.

“We would encourage people to use these new bays and avoid parking in restricted areas. Hopefully, the new makings and bays should help and we will continue to try and improve parking for visitors and traders alike.”

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3:47pm Mon 16 Jun 14

nigel d says...

The pennies finally dropped, just to late.
The pennies finally dropped, just to late. nigel d
  • Score: 7

3:51pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Copley23 says...

Yeah but what are we parking there for??
There's nothing to stay/visit for now.....as Nigel D says, "just too late".
Yeah but what are we parking there for?? There's nothing to stay/visit for now.....as Nigel D says, "just too late". Copley23
  • Score: 7

4:42pm Mon 16 Jun 14

settheworldonfire says...

Copley23 wrote:
Yeah but what are we parking there for??
There's nothing to stay/visit for now.....as Nigel D says, "just too late".
Exactly...Bishop Auckland town center is dead now.......
D.C.C. have killed the town off.....The same is happening to Crook...No-one can park anywhere without traffic wardens handing out parking tickets....The market place is full of council workers cars every day...No-one visiting can do any shopping due to this.....D.C.C need to stop their workers from parking there.....
[quote][p][bold]Copley23[/bold] wrote: Yeah but what are we parking there for?? There's nothing to stay/visit for now.....as Nigel D says, "just too late".[/p][/quote]Exactly...Bishop Auckland town center is dead now....... D.C.C. have killed the town off.....The same is happening to Crook...No-one can park anywhere without traffic wardens handing out parking tickets....The market place is full of council workers cars every day...No-one visiting can do any shopping due to this.....D.C.C need to stop their workers from parking there..... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 7

8:04am Tue 17 Jun 14

Triglet says...

The horse has bolted , DCC management skills is about as cloudy as their crystal ball,
The horse has bolted , DCC management skills is about as cloudy as their crystal ball, Triglet
  • Score: 2

10:10am Tue 17 Jun 14

lfp says...

Bondgate bus station? It was a bus depot.
Bondgate bus station? It was a bus depot. lfp
  • Score: 4

10:40am Tue 17 Jun 14

vivabishvegas says...

Another parking item and the sheep come out and say the same old crap ... The parking wardens wouldnt be prowling around all day if there wasnt anything to do, but because visitors still continue to ignore the restrictions and take a chance, they still dish out tickets. If "104 people" have been fined for "parking in a loading bay" in one month, then its pretty obvious certain folk would rather risk a £35 fine than pay 60p in the car park if they cant find one of those free spaces. There is ample parking in Bishop, but its the people of Bishop that are keeping the parking company employed and those vultures in uniform will glady continue to exploit those that choose to park like an idiot all day every day.
Another parking item and the sheep come out and say the same old crap ... The parking wardens wouldnt be prowling around all day if there wasnt anything to do, but because visitors still continue to ignore the restrictions and take a chance, they still dish out tickets. If "104 people" have been fined for "parking in a loading bay" in one month, then its pretty obvious certain folk would rather risk a £35 fine than pay 60p in the car park if they cant find one of those free spaces. There is ample parking in Bishop, but its the people of Bishop that are keeping the parking company employed and those vultures in uniform will glady continue to exploit those that choose to park like an idiot all day every day. vivabishvegas
  • Score: 11

12:22pm Tue 17 Jun 14

dingbatindurhamday says...

Well said vivabishvegas. Strikes me the problem seems to have been that certain people believe that there are rules for others that don't apply to them, we all know the type (apparently there are approx 104 of them per week in Bishop). Parhaps what is needed is some sort of enforcement of regime to encourage everyone to play fair. Oh yes, thats exactly what there is, no problem getting parked in Bishop now that the parking wardens are actually enforcing the free bays. No problem in Crook either if you are prepared to walk a few yards.
Well said vivabishvegas. Strikes me the problem seems to have been that certain people believe that there are rules for others that don't apply to them, we all know the type (apparently there are approx 104 of them per week in Bishop). Parhaps what is needed is some sort of enforcement of regime to encourage everyone to play fair. Oh yes, thats exactly what there is, no problem getting parked in Bishop now that the parking wardens are actually enforcing the free bays. No problem in Crook either if you are prepared to walk a few yards. dingbatindurhamday
  • Score: 5

7:12pm Tue 17 Jun 14

pilchrat says...

I'd rather see them implement a "30 minutes free" policy in all the car parks. 9/10 times I just pop in for stuff. 60p just to pop to Wilkinson's or Argos is a bit rich really.
I'd rather see them implement a "30 minutes free" policy in all the car parks. 9/10 times I just pop in for stuff. 60p just to pop to Wilkinson's or Argos is a bit rich really. pilchrat
  • Score: 0

9:54pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Green90 says...

pilchrat wrote:
I'd rather see them implement a "30 minutes free" policy in all the car parks. 9/10 times I just pop in for stuff. 60p just to pop to Wilkinson's or Argos is a bit rich really.
So park in one of the free 30 min bays then....
[quote][p][bold]pilchrat[/bold] wrote: I'd rather see them implement a "30 minutes free" policy in all the car parks. 9/10 times I just pop in for stuff. 60p just to pop to Wilkinson's or Argos is a bit rich really.[/p][/quote]So park in one of the free 30 min bays then.... Green90
  • Score: 5

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