Stick to new parking rules or face a fine

L - R John Haswell, Berwick Chamber of Trade, Ian Swithenbank, Portfolio Holder for Highways and Enviromental and Civil Enforcement Officer No. 29

L - R John Haswell, Berwick Chamber of Trade, Ian Swithenbank, Portfolio Holder for Highways and Enviromental and Civil Enforcement Officer No. 29

Motorists have been warned they face a fine if they fail to adhere to new parking restrictions coming into force on April 1.

Although it will be free to park in council-run car parks and on-street parking places in Berwick, Wooler, Bamburgh and Beadnell, enforcement of time limits will remain.

Traffic wardens will also be on the lookout for drivers contravening other regulations such as parking outside of marked bays.

It is one of six contravention codes being amended by Northumberland County Council to reduce abuse of the parking restrictions in place.

Parking on double and single yellow lines during prescribed hours will be reduced to a two minute observation period.

The remaining contraventions, which include double parking and parking adjacent to a dropped footway, will become an instant issue with no observation period given.

Councillor John Stephenson, speaking at a meeting of Berwick Town Council, said: “It’s very important for people to realise that there will be strict enforcement of parking regulations.

“It is something I welcome but it could be expensive for those who choose to ignore it.”

Motorists will need to display a parking disc when parking in short stay places that were previously pay and display.

Parking services staff have been visiting Berwick over the last two weeks to distribute the new parking discs and talk to local people.

They will be in the town again on Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 11 from 10am to 3pm with a stand in Marygate. They are being supported by town councillors and the Chamber of Trade who are helping to explain the new arrangements.

Coun John Robertson said: “We distributed 2,800 parking discs free of charge from the kiosk we had at the market on Saturday and the discs are also available in 26 shops and council buildings that lie in close proximity to short-stay parking places.

“It’s very important that everyone takes the opportunity to get these discs over the next few days,” he added.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, said: “We believe free parking has benefits for residents, businesses and visitors. I would urge everyone to pick up their new parking discs soon as they can.”

Drivers who already have other types of parking discs can still use them. Discs do not have to be displayed in long-stay car parks.

Parking charges will remain in place in Berwick railway station car park where commuters will get the chance to buy a £130 annual permit.

Holy Island, Seahouses and Newton-by-the-Sea have asked to retain parking charges for traffic management reasons.




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