Parking study lacks crucial detail, say town councillors

Town councillors have called for a more detailed study on parking in Berwick.

Friday, 2nd February 2018, 07:16 am
Castlegate car park

It follows the publication of a study carried out by consultants on behalf of Northumberland County Council which reveals the need for 50 more spaces as soon as possible to cope with peak demand.

It also identified several potential sites for extra parking, with land east of the quayside listed as top priority.

However, Berwick Town Council has concerns that the recommendations in the report are not backed up with evidence.

Clerk Gareth Davies said: “The AECOM study is only a study of demand and capacity, and does not set out either a business case for the costs of changes to the provision of parking, or a roadmap of the process.

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“Neither does the AECOM study provide any evidence, for example high street footfall or numbers of tourist visitors or retail sector growth, as to whether the previous policy change (when free parking was introduced in 2013) was a success. A clear parking maintenance strategy is required, along with a clear understanding of how such works will be funded.”

Councillors called for a clear decision to be made about the desirability of managing demand via charging, and the use of the revenue to fund new investment and maintenance issues.

Coun Brian Douglas said: “Northumberland County Council have to go back to the drawing board on this and give it a lot more thought.”