Residents in the Greenses area of Berwick are being asked for their views on proposals to relieve parking congestion around their homes.
The Greenses area is often cluttered with cars belonging to commuters eager to avoid parking charges at the nearby railway station.
Northumberland County Council has been made aware of the problem and has presented two options for residents to consider.
Berwick Town Council and the local residents’ association favour Option 1 - a combination of resident permit parking bays and no waiting restrictions.
The scheme would include resident permit holders only bays at High Greens, Bell Tower Place and Violet Terrace from 9.30am to 3pm, with the same scheme at Low Greens from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5.30pm.
Option 2 proposes resident permit parking only past this point signs. This would be in place every day from 9.30am to 3pm.
Paul McKenna, from the county council’s project planning team, said: “This operates a ‘one size fits all’ philosophy but does have the benefit of utilising far fewer signs and lines, minimising the effect on the environment.”
Brucegate is also included in Option 2 because all entry points need to be considered.
A degree of regulation would still be required within the zone so some yellow lines would be included to prevent parking.
Ex-mayor Peter Herdman, who lives in Lord’s Mount, raised concerns that Option 1 would lead to double yellow lines extending from Low Greens into Lord’s Mount, whilst Option 2 would require them to buy resident’s permits at a cost of £15 a year.
He told Berwick Town Council that a better solution would be two signs fixed to the wall at the estate entrance saying ‘no unauthorised parking at any time beyond this point’.
Mr Herdman said: “Lord’s Mount is totally different in character from High Greens or Low Greens and what is approved for one is not necessarily appropriate for the other.
“Lord’s Mount is a cul-de-sac and I hope the county council is aware of this as it has peculiar parking problems of its own.
“My suggestion would probably solve the problem for Lord’s Mount residents. It would enable the status quo to be maintained.”
However, Coun John Robertson questioned whether Mr Herdman’s suggestion would be permissable if the road was private and unadopted.
“If it is confirmed that Lord’s Mount is private, I would have no objection to the double yellows proposed in Option 1 stopping at the entrance,” he said. “However, if it is adopted, I support extending the double yellows into Lord’s Mount as they may start to experience inconsiderate commuter parking by default.”