More short-stay car parking on the cards
Town councillors have called for short-stay parking to be introduced in some of Berwick's all-day car parks.
The Parade, Coxon’s Lane, Hatters Lane and Quayside are the main suggestions put forward by Berwick Town Council.
They had been asked to come up with recommendations as part of Northumberland County Council’s consultation into parking in the town.
Coun Alex Gibson said: “Long-stay car parks are strangling the town. People are going round and round to get a space so I think four of them should be converted to short-stay.”
Coun Karin Graham, who handed over a petition on behalf of local businesses calling for more parking for shoppers, agreed: “I would like to reduce long-stay parking to encourage more movement so people can come in for a few hours.
“We’re going to miss Easter but we need options for the summer where people can park for three hours maximum.”
The council did not want parking charges to be reintroduced, although Coun Gibson did advocate their reintroduction in long-stay car parks.
Town councillors indicated it could perhaps be considered in the longer term but only if the revenue was guaranteed to stay in Berwick.
Temporary planning permission is currently being sought by the county council for continued use of the Castlegate overflow car park.
Town councillors said this was essential and would provide a long-term parking area for workers displaced from The Parade, Hatters Lane and Coxon’s Lane.
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They also called on county council officers to investigate the possibility of turning the waste ground on Walkergate back into parking.
Coun Tom Forrester said: “On Walkergate there’s spare land next to Greaves West and Ayre which is an eyesore in the centre of town.
“The county council need to come forward with what their plans on for that site and, if there’s nothing planned immediately, it can quite easily be turned into parking.”
There was also support from town councillors for investigating how to provide extra parking at the railway station.
Coun Hazel Bettison called on multi-storey car park plans to be revived or for parking north of the platform.
Town councillors were opposed to extra parking on the Quayside.
Coun Graham said: “It would wreck the historic view of our town.”
County council officers will now consider those views and report back with proposals.