Three sites to solve issues
It is great to hear that the work on the Premier Inn will start shortly.
There will be short-term pain for traders during building work, but long-term gain.
The big problem in the town needs to be tackled – the car parking.
Three car park locations would instantly solve the town’s problems.
The seldom-used green land, adjacent the station; this would be an ideal two-storey car park for both rail commuters and town centre workers. The network rail site is inadequate for both, with entry and exit problems.
The second location would be an extension of the Castlegate car park for tourists and shoppers. Also an ideal location for coaches and favoured by the majority.
The third would be the wasteland on the quayside, an eyesore that I first tackled Northumberland County Council about nearly 10 years ago. This would solve the car parking problem at the bottom of the town.