It was with some disappointment that I heard Liberal Democrat County Councillor Andrew Tebbutt return to the issue of free parking in the County Council budget debate.
As is recognised by the Labour and the Conservative groups on Northumberland County Council and by the vast majority of residents, free parking is essential for the revitalisation of our market towns.
Many of us had thought this battle was won, but with the ongoing comments of Lib Dem David Woodard in these pages and now Coun Tebbutt at County Hall, people should be aware that this hard-won battle could be reversed if the Liberal Democrats ever returned to a position of dominance in the County.
A sobering thought to ponder when next considering where to mark your ballot paper in future.
COUN DAVID BAWN