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parking problems reduced

Nearly 160 unused and unpopular garages on estates right across County Durham have been demolished to make way for more resident parking spaces.

A programme to remove garages that are not in regular use is well underway. A total of 158 garages will be flattened to make way for improved parking in a number of estates. It is hoped that the increased number of off-street parking places will also alleviate problems caused by parked cars on pavements in some areas.

Most of the garages were approaching they end of their lives and would have required significant investment or complete replacement anyway. Where garages have been demolished, surfaces have been repaired and made suitable for resident parking. Some of the sites cleared have also benefited from new fencing or planting.

The work is a continuation of a scheme begun in 2019 to tackle problem garages. One of the areas to benefit most from the latest demolitions is Woodhouse Close in Bishop Auckland. Underused garages in Weardale Drive and Richardson Avenue were demolished during January.

believe housing Neighbourhood Manager, Liz Bradley, said: “Many garage blocks have clearly outlived their usefulness; demolition and replacing garages with extra parking spaces is the only sensible option in many cases.


“Lack of parking is an issue often raised by residents. By demolishing garages, some of which haven’t been occupied for years, we’ve been able to create extra spaces to alleviate some of the parking issues.”

Tidying up of garages and their surrounding areas is set to continue throughout 2020. believe housing will shortly be writing to the holders of garage plots where the structures are not in great repair to discuss options.

Pictured above: Work underway on improvements in Weardale Drive, Woodhouse Close.