Chapel Street site reverts back to its former use

A car park has reopened in Berwick town centre, less than 18 months after it was converted into a coach park.

Monday, 6th August 2018, 12:13 pm
Updated Monday, 6th August 2018, 12:18 pm
Coun Glen Sanderson and Coun Catherine Seymour at the reopened Chapel Street car park in Berwick.

The short-stay car park on Chapel Street, allowing two hours parking, has 15 parking bays with a further six spaces created on the street outside.

The car park includes a disabled space and two electric vehicle spaces, with an electric charging point in the process of being installed.

The conversion work has seen the electronic bollards removed and will be reused, the entrance and exit to the park redesigned and the area resurfaced and relined.

Long-stay coach parking facility is now available at the Swan Centre, with short stay available on Walkergate, primarily aimed at coaches which would be looking to stop in the town for shorter periods.

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Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We know parking remains an issue in the town as it is in many areas, and this new car park forms part of our comprehensive parking plan for Berwick.

“In addition to these much needed new spaces for cars we have also provided places for coaches to park which will ensure that tourists and residents will equally benefit.

“It’s important the right infrastructure is in place for both cars and coaches in a popular tourist destination like Berwick and I’m delighted we’ve been able to get the new parking spaces in for the summer holiday season.”

Coun Catherine Seymour, Berwick North added: “Its former life as a coach park was unsuccessful. Passengers were not able to get on or off coaches in situ. There were no facilities and many other complaints including environmental issues.

“It has been a bone of contention before and since its inception, when it eliminated short term car parking for the library, social services and shoppers for the town centre. The Chapel Street car park has been restored to a better state than formerly with upgrades for the benefit of the public.”