Our campaign to extend free car parking at Lowrey’s Lane car parking has succeeded. Thank you to all who signed our petition!
Lowreys Lane car park provides users with the first 20 minutes free, but after that users have been required to pay.
Low Fell Councillor Daniel Duggan (pictured above) said, “When the Council decided to introduce the bollards on Durham Road to encourage social distancing, we called for them to extend free car parking at Lowrey’s Lane to help local businesses.
“We know many have been hit hard by the removal of on-street parking along the Fell and it’s crucial we support local businesses.
“Unfortunately, at first the Council refused to do this. However, we continued to campaign for it and launched a petition which hundreds of local business owners and residents signed.”
Low Fell Councillor Ron Beadle said, “We welcome the Council’s u-turn on this. At first, they said no to it and now they have relented and said yes so it shows that campaigning hard can and does work. I would like to thank all those who signed our petition”.
Councillor Susan Craig, "Although we hope this will help local businesses, we know that times are tough for many so we are really encouraging residents to shop local".
In a statement posted on Facebook the Leader of Gateshead Council said “Although the changes have not yet been implemented and won’t be until the signage goes up in the car park and until enforcement staff are informed of the change, I’m now confident enough to say that changes will be made.
"Signs will go up in the car park to inform users that the current 20 period is extended to 1 hour. Users will still need to acquire a 20 min ticket. Enforcement staff will be informed that the 20min ticket covers a period of 1 hour”.