RESIDENTS of Gateshead are being invited to vote in an online consultation poll about Gateshead Council’s plans to introduce parking charges in Whickham, Blaydon, Birtley and Low Fell.
The poll has been set up by local Liberal Democrats and they feature it on this news blog (see left hand column above the video links).
Whickham Liberal Democrat Councillor Jonathan Wallace said, “Many people are concerned about the future of the shopping areas if parking charges are introduced.
“With the Metrocentre so close by offering free parking, we are concerned that the charges could encourage people to shop there instead.
“Though the Labour Cabinet on Gateshead Council have voted for the charges to come in, they agreed to carry out consultation. That is still taking place.
“We feel the online poll is another way of letting people have a say.”