HOUGHTON councillors are celebrating, after a hard-fought battle to deal with parking problems on a busy city street.

Sunderland Labour Group councillors Neil McKnight, Juliana Heron and Alex Scullion have successfully campaigned to make much-needed changes to congested Newbottle Street, that runs through the heart of Houghton town.

Having spoken to local traders and residents, who were fed up of irresponsible drivers leaving their cars blocking the road, the councillors sprung into action and have been able to agree changes that will alleviate bottlenecking and problem-parking.

New measures include