A call for free parking in the run up to Christmas for Berwick and the other market towns in Northumberland has been made.
Coun Peter Jackson, leader of the Conservatives group, tabled the motion at Northumberland County Council’s full meeting yesterday.
He hopes it will avoid a repeat of last year’s confusion which led to some shoppers being issued with parking tickets.
Coun Jackson’s motion stated: “Market towns and their local businesses lie at the very heart of Northumberland’s economy. Yet, for many years, some of those towns have suffered from the effects of an unfair car parking policy.
“There is evidence that charging for car parking does distort trade and drive shoppers away from our high streets. It is also evident that the Christmas shopping period is absolutely vital to the survival of many businesses in our market towns.
“So, during December 2013, this Council resolves to reinstate free car parking during the days before Christmas in Berwick, Alnwick, Hexham and Morpeth with a view to providing an immediate boost to local trade.”
The free parking would be from December 16-25 in off-street car parks. Time restrictions would still be in place.