Council may clamp down on garaging in town car parks

Drivers who '˜garage' their cars long-term in Berwick's public car parks could be clamped down on.

Friday, 23rd March 2018, 2:15 pm
Parade car park

The issue was raised by Coun Karin Graham at a meeting of Berwick Town Council when the shortage of town centre car parking spaces was discussed.

She said: “Shopkeepers feel residents are using the long-stay parking for free rather than paying £15 for a residents’ permit. They feel that is holding up some of the spaces.”

Coun Anne Forbes added: “Parade car park is ideal for tourists but a lot of town centre residents are using it at the moment.

“Why should people get away without having a residents’ permit?

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“Turning some of the long-stay car parks into short-stay would get rid of people garaging in car parks.”

Coun Alex Gibson said there was also an issue of people going away on holiday – or workers away for a few days – and leaving their cars in long-stay car parks rather than having to pay at the railway station.

He also said extra car parking could be provided if shrubs on Chapel Street were removed.

Northumberland County Council is aware of the garaging issue and is considering what to do about it.

Paul Jones, head of local services, said: “We are looking at overnight stay issues so people can’t block and garage cars which has been an issue in the past.”