Reintroduction of parking charges is ruled out by council
Northumberland County Council has ruled out a countywide reintroduction of parking charges.
It follows the publication of a report on parking in key towns, including Berwick.
Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services, said: “We are committed to finding a workable solution to the county’s parking issues which has the support of residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors.
“People are getting increasingly frustrated at not being able to find car parking spaces in these towns, so doing nothing is not a viable option.
“However, it is important we recognise that due to the historic nature of our towns, the availability of suitable development sites for extra car parking is limited and that there is no easy fix which will sort out the county’s parking issues.
“We want to be clear we are definitely ruling out any county-wide reintroduction of charges. However, if individual communities are strongly in favour of some localised charges to support investment in car parking capacity and feel their areas would benefit from it, we will be happy to talk to them about it.
“We are aware that parking issues are a problem in many parts of the county and we are committed to working with all of our town and parish councils and local communities to find workable solutions.”