A public meeting will be held on Tuesday to debate whether free parking should be introduced throughout Berwick.
Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on whether Berwick Town Council should take up an offer from Northumberland County Council.
The unitary authority has asked parish and town councils to prepare a parking plan. It follows the Labour administration’s commitment to offer communities free car parking in its election manifesto.
The process is aimed at ending what many regard as an unfair system, which involves charging in Berwick, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Holy Island and Wooler while there is free parking in major towns such as Ashington, Blyth, Bedlington and Cramlington.
Berwick Chamber of Trade is in favour of free parking in the belief it will encourage people to shop in the town centre.
However, such a move would also result in a major loss of income. Parking income from the former Berwick borough is close to £1 million a year.
It is recognised that some communities may want to retain at least some parking charges because they have traffic management issues, but this is seen as last resort rather than an easy fix.
Some councils may come up with a mix of time limit parking or charging to reduce pressure in some areas, especially where there are seasonal issues.
Town councillors have discussed the plan informally, but would like an open discussion about the opportunities before coming to a firm conclusion.
The county council has said it expects local councils to talk to stakeholders, and the town council will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday, October 8 at 6pm in the Town Hall to which residents and businesses are invited.