Middlesbrough Council drops parking charge plan

Plans to charge residents of a "deprived" area of Middlesbrough to park outside their homes has been dropped by the council.

The proposal for £20 permits covering the Middlehaven area was announced before Christmas.

However, elected mayor Ray Mallon said he had listened to the concern of residents, and the plan was reversed.

Residents' permits were introduced because streets were "clogged" by town centre visitors' cars.

Labour councillor John McPartland, who represents Middlehaven, said: "During the day thousands of people come into the town centre either to work or shop, and we're delighted they do so, but they have to park somewhere and so it means streets are clogged up with other people's cars.

"£20 might not seem much to most people but to those who are financially deprived it is massive.

"This is the sixth most deprived ward out of almost 8,000 in England.

"To have to pay £20 to park outside your own home because someone from out of town wants to park in your street seems a bit much, and I'm glad that the mayor and council agree."

Independent mayor Mr Mallon, who leads the authority which has a Labour majority, said that after listening to the views of community representatives he had decided the charges should not go ahead.

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