Streets close to the commercial area of Whitley Bay are to provide parking at a charge of 1p a minute. Parking in residential streets slightly set back from the town centre will cost 50p an hour.
North Tyneside Council is introducing the new tariffs at the same time as installing new Metric Aura mains powered pay and display parking machines in Whitley Bay.
Mr Garry Hoyle, parking manager for North Tyneside Council, which has purchased ten new coin operated Auras for Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Village, said the council was trying to encourage a faster turnover of parking in the commercial area.
He said the council wanted to free up more spaces for visitors to Whitley Bay town centre and as a result was introducing two rates of charging for parking. Permit holders would be exempt from the charges.
It is the second phase of the Whitley Bay parking scheme. In the first phase, the council installed 30 solar powered Metric Aura machines in residential streets.
Resurfacing work is taking place in Tynemouth Village which is to have three new Auras. They will be connected to the council’s ASLAN back office system.