Authority puts forward sites for new parking bays

COUNCILLORS have identified potential locations for very short stay parking bays in Morpeth town centre.

The submission to Northumberland County Council for areas where cars can stop for up to 20 minutes includes reinstating the five spaces on the edge of the Market Place that are currently used by taxis.

And during a meeting of the town authority’s planning and transport committee, Coun Bob Robertson said it was also worth finding out the ownership situation of a piece of land in Lumsden’s Lane that is currently fenced off by barriers.

“This area is not used for loading and so it could potentially be reconfigured and lined to provide five or six new bays,” he added.

Another suggestion was to create two spaces on a piece of hard surface near Roch’s Catering in Newmarket.

In addition, the town council has asked for a drop-off bay to be made available in one of the four spaces near the town hall.

It would replace one of the three loading spaces currently in place and the bay for people with disabled (blue) badges would move to a different space in that zone.

The bays on the edge of the Market Place would revert to an area for taxis in the evening. They would not be available during the Wednesday market and the monthly farmers’ market.