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APPOINTED TO ASSIST: Saltburn car parking changes sees experts employed

APPOINTED TO ASSIST: Saltburn car parking changes sees experts employed

Cars parked on Saltburn's Marine Parade, where charges are planned to be introduced, Image: Ian Cooper/Teesside Live

Expert consultants have been appointed to assist with council plans to make changes to car parking provision in Saltburn.

A £50,000 contract has been agreed by Redcar and Cleveland Council with Capita Property and Infrastructure to carry out a feasibility study, which will include gathering and examining traffic data and drawing up a town-wide ‘masterplan’.

Road safety audits will also take place during the contract period which will run until next April.

Over the summer Redcar and Cleveland Council cabinet members approved a £1m investment to create new parking spaces in Saltburn with money from the Tees Valley Combined Authority-funded ‘Welcome to Redcar and Cleveland’ programme.

A total of 194 extra car parking spaces are due to be created with capacity being increased on Marine Parade, where 123 new bays and six new disabled bays are being introduced on the eastern side of the parade.

The Cat Nab park on the Lower Foreshore is also due to be extended and separate car parking spaces created at the pumping station opposite Cat Nab.

Cat Nab car park

The Cat Nab car park in Saltburn, which Redcar and Cleveland Council is planning to expand, Image: Ian Cooper/Teesside Live

Meanwhile, charges are set to be introduced to park on Saltburn’s Marine Parade as part of a three-year car parking strategy adopted by the council which will also fees being introduced at other popular visitor destinations.

A council spokesman said the Saltburn charges were “still in the pipeline”.

A delegated decision report explaining the involvement of Capita Property and Infrastructure said support was needed to deliver engineering specific elements which were part of the council’s planned delivery programme.

It said there was increased demand for convenient and accessible car parking in Saltburn with the spaces available per visitor having actually decreased in recent years.

The council has stated its intention that any income generated from car parking which goes beyond the costs of delivering the service is reinvested to make improvements.

 

Words: Stuart Arnold, Local Democracy Reporter


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