Parking bays ‘would solve our problem’

Brian Dixon, front, and Jimmy Henderson, Coun David Clark and Trevor Watson are asking for residents-only bays. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Brian Dixon, front, and Jimmy Henderson, Coun David Clark and Trevor Watson are asking for residents-only bays. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Residents in an area of Morpeth near the River Wansbeck are calling for some new parking facilities.

Those living in Riverside and Chantry Place believe that a number of residents-only bays should be created because there are times when they are unable to park outside their homes.

A ‘no waiting between 8am and 6pm’ single yellow line is currently in place and the group is hoping that spaces will be put in place like they were at nearby Carlisle View two years ago.

Riverside resident Brian Dixon said: “There are five homes where we are and only space for three cars off the road, so if they are full between 8am and 6pm we have to find a space in one of the public car parks or risk getting a fine.

“Even if the county council only creates four bays, that would solve our problem.”

Morpeth Town councillor David Clark is supporting their efforts and he believes that six bays can easily be created along the stretch of road.

“It’s very rare that cars not belonging to local residents will come round here,” he added.

“Hopefully, a common sense approach will be taken and residents-only bays can be put in place in the near future.”

A Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said: “Requests for residents parking schemes are considered through the local transport plan programme. The budget is already allocated for 2015/16, but we review all plan requests annually, scoring and prioritising them in consultation with local county councillors and town and parish councils.

“This request will be considered within this process.”