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DRIVERS BEWARE: Plans lodged to install cameras in Spanish City car park

DRIVERS BEWARE: Plans lodged to install cameras in Spanish City car park

The Spanish City car park in Whitley Bay, Under budget proposals, all council-run car parks in North Tyneside would be free after 6pm, Image: NCJ Media

New ANPR cameras could soon be installed in the car park of an iconic North Tyneside venue to ensure drivers are paying for their parking.

HX Car Park Management Ltd is behind proposals to introduce an ANPR management scheme and signage in Spanish City car park.

If the proposals are given the go-ahead, five non-illuminated parking signs detailing terms and conditions and one ANPR camera will be attached to existing lamp posts.

A design and access statement lodged with North Tyneside Council stated that the camera, which records people going in and out, is needed to make sure people pay for their parking.

It said: “The ANPR scheme will record the entry and exit time of every vehicle using the site and give an accurate record of when and what a driver should have paid, it is required to ensure that visitors pay to park and that the income generated is used to provide a well-managed car parking facility as part
of the overall commercial offer of The Spanish City.”

A penalty charge notice will be issued by the system if the driver does
not correctly pay for their full duration use of the car park, either by not paying at all or staying longer than they paid for.

The Spanish City is a listed Dome building in Whitley Bay. It has stood for over 100 years and was reborn and re-opened by North Tyneside Council after a £10m restoration in summer 2018.

The project included contributions of £3.47m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a £2.5m Coastal Communities grant.

The building now houses a fish and chip restaurant and champagne bar and plays host to special events such as New Year’s fireworks.

The parking company stated that it would make efforts to ensure that the system would not spoil the look of the attraction.

The document added: “As the car park is highly visible from many public viewpoints we propose to complement the existing material palette by installing signs with a white background and rear, so as not to draw the eye away from the white rendered building,”

North Tyneside Council is expected to decide on the proposals next month.

 

Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter


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