Yesterday Stockton planning committee approved the council's plans for a new long stay car park behind Barclay’s Bank, off Silver Street. This is good news for Yarm residents, businesses and for visitors to the High Street.
At the public consultation on Pay and Display last year I pressed the council to secure long term parking. I am pleased they are now delivering on this.
These extra long stay spaces will allow visitors to remain in the town longer, benefiting local retailers, and freeing up spaces on the High Street for short stay visits. It will also make parking on side streets less attractive.
However I also hope the council will be able to find another location very quickly if problems with the other proposed site behind the Blue Bell cannot be resolved. Whilst the additional 38 places are very welcome, further provision will still be needed.