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Free parking discs are available now

Northumberland County Councillor Ian Swithenbank with Charles Robinson Morpeth Chamber of Trade kneeling at the front, Ken Brown Morpeth Town Council at back right, centre of the photo is George Williams Morpeth Chamber of Trade hand out parking discs in Morpeth.

Northumberland County Councillor Ian Swithenbank with Charles Robinson Morpeth Chamber of Trade kneeling at the front, Ken Brown Morpeth Town Council at back right, centre of the photo is George Williams Morpeth Chamber of Trade hand out parking discs in Morpeth.

FREE time discs are available now to prepare for the end of parking charges.

There is less than two weeks to go before free parking comes into force in council-run car parks in Morpeth and the other market towns in Northumberland.

However, car park time limits will remain in place to ensure short-stay spaces are available for shoppers, and to prove that drivers have not overstayed, they will have to display a time disc in their vehicle.

This week shops and businesses have been given the discs to distribute to customers, while Northumberland County Council parking services staff have been in Morpeth to explain the new system.

Volunteers from the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade and Morpeth Town Council have also been helping to spread the message.

Chairman of the chamber’s Car Parking Sub-Committee Charles Robinson said: “The re-introduction of free parking is great news for Morpeth and great news for Northumberland.

“At last, every town is being treated on an equal footing and our members will be working closely with Morpeth Town Council and Northumberland County Council to ensure the transition to the disc system proceeds as smoothly as possible.”

Town councillor Ken Brown said: “The days of searching for change for the ticket machine are behind us. The town council is pleased with the removal of car parking charges and the boost that it will give to our local economy.”

A parking disc stand will be in Sanderson Arcade on Friday, March 28, Saturday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 9, from 10am to 3pm.

 

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