Parade parking may need to be addressed

A Berwick councillor has acknowledged that town centre parking may have to be looked at again.

Thursday, 14th February 2019, 9:20 am
The Parade car park in Berwick.

A series of changes to short-stay and long-stay parking arrangements were made last summer.

The changes, introduced by Northumberland County Council following consultation with key stakeholders, formed part of a parking action plan designed to free up space for tourists and shoppers and boost the local economy.

They included the introduction of a three-hour time limit for parking at The Parade, previously an all-day car park.

At this time of year, however, the car park is only occupied by a handful of vehicles for most of the day, while workers find it difficult to find a space they can park in all day.

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Coun Catherine Seymour, member for Berwick North, admitted: “There have been some complaints about the availability of long-stay spaces and that The Parade is not being used to full capacity, so it might be useful to take another look at this.

“We are continuing to monitor usage of all car parks, restrictions introduced and ticketing information over the busy spring and summer tourism period.

“This is when demand is at its highest to greater understand patterns of use and data over a full year.

“We can then revisit, discuss with stakeholders and listen to local views to review and identify any refinements of the action parking plan for the parking needs of the town.”

The council has created additional spaces over the past year at Chapel Street and Hatters Lane.

Coun Seymour added: “Our £10million programme of building new car parking spaces across the county are continuing although, we are sensitive that Berwick is a heritage walled town, in a conservation area, worthy of world heritage status in my mind, so has some limitations and needs careful consideration for locations of new parking spaces.”