Councils agree safety measures outside Co-op following many complaints

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Works are set to take place soon outside a food store in Pegswood to address concerns about problem parkers.

Following numerous complaints and a petition from residents of the village, the parish council – in partnership with Northumberland County Council – have agreed road safety measures that it is hoped will help reduce parking on Front Street.

Since the opening of the Co-op premises on Front Street, some customers ignore the double yellow ‘no parking’ restrictions, despite there being a car park at the back of the store.

Residents have told Pegswood Parish Council that these vehicles are creating poor sightlines for pedestrians at the junction of the exit road from the car park and Front Street.

This is the main route to the primary school and problems are particularly bad for those families walking to school.

The measures to be installed will include bollards and fencing on both sides of the street – from the bus stop to the junction for Uniun Depot, and in front of the Co-op itself

In addition, there will be a revised curb shape at the junction for better sightline and rumble strips to slow cars coming out of the car park towards the junction.

It is hoped that the works will start later this month.

Parish council chairman Paul Williams said: “It must be recognised that 90 per cent of those who park on these yellow lines are residents of Pegswood.

“We ask you to be considerate when coming to the Co-op. You might think it doesn’t matter, but it does.

“Your actions have an effect on your neighbours and fellow residents. Please think about where you park.”

Council clerk Kevin Cassie added: “Pegswood Parish Council will be paying a substantial sum to put these measures in place and it is a shame that everyone in the village will have to pay for those few who abuse the restrictions and endanger other road and footpath users.”

The county council is also contributing funds for the scheme.

Plans for the project can be viewed at the parish council office, in the Uniun Enterprise Centre, Monday to Thursday between 9am and noon.