Council must get a grip, say traders

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COUNCIL chiefs need to get a grip on the number of Morpeth workers to deal with long-stay parking needs, traders say.

Members of the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade have called on the county council to carry out urgent research on the issue.

Member Charles Sellers said the information is vital to developing a long-term parking strategy.

“How many people work in Morpeth and how many vehicles are needed by those people? If the council hasn’t started the process of checking that I would encourage it to start looking at it now,” he said.

Fellow member Ken Stait said: “We think that about 1,500 to 1,600 people are employed in the town, which if you take it as a single unit it is a very important employer, but I don’t think the county council has a handle on how many people work in the town. It would be a useful exercise for the county to establish how many employees we have got.”