Berwick’s mayor has welcomed the news that the town will see parking charges temporarily axed in the run up to Christmas.
Coun Isabel Hunter now wants Northumberland County Council to ensure the chaos caused by the policy last year is not repeated.
All of Northumberland’s market towns saw charges scrapped for a week last year thanks to a Conservative motion to council but the policy was poorly explained and the result was widespread confusion amongst drivers.
Ticket machines in Berwick were not covered, which led to some drivers paying for tickets and others unsure of whether or not charges were imposed.
Coun Hunter said: “The idea of a week without parking charges seemed popular with traders and shoppers alike in Berwick last Christmas. Unfortunately the Conservative motion was rushed through at the last minute and was badly worded, which meant the council had real problems with actually implementing it.
“Hopefully this year it will be much clearer to drivers that the charges aren’t there for that period of time and it will be promoted far enough in advance to bring lots of shoppers into the town. Berwick’s traders need a boost and I really do hope this provides one.”