Plans to increase parking capacity in Pont

Ponteland North county and town councillor Richard Dodd and Coun Ian Swithenbank, right in photo, Northumberland County Council cabinet member for local services.
Ponteland North county and town councillor Richard Dodd and Coun Ian Swithenbank, right in photo, Northumberland County Council cabinet member for local services.

Consultation on a scheme that would provide a significant increase to the number of parking spaces in the centre of Ponteland has got under way.

If the proposals go ahead, there would be more than twice as many spaces in the area between Merton Way shopping centre and Meadowfield industrial estate – up from 48 to 111.

There would be 40 long stay spaces and 71 short stay, including six blue badge holder parking places.

Ponteland North county and town councillor Richard Dodd has led the project and plans have now been unveiled by Northumberland County Council. They make better use of the space in and around the existing Merton Way South car parking area, as well as the adjacent U9092 access road.

Under the plans, two walls would be removed to allow a new one-way route around the car park, with a new raised pedestrian crossing.

Coun Dodd said: “I’ve been working to get these issues resolved for the last four years and have saved money from my local improvement scheme budget to get the ball rolling (he has allocated £56,000 in total – the overall cost would be £250,000).”

“I hope that this will alleviate the parking problems in the area, and what is sometimes abuse of this car park.”

The consultation will run until Friday, April 14. You can see the proposals on the county council’s website here.
For more information about this scheme, call 0345 6006400. You can make comments by email to highwaysprogramme@northumbeland.gov.uk or in writing to Highways Programmes, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF.