Construction traffic increase fear for Morpeth resident
A resident in the Cottingwood Lane area of Morpeth has raised concerns that it could get even busier in the next 12 to 18 months.
But Keith Harrison has welcomed plans for a residents parking permit zone.
Cottingwood Lane is used by vehicles and pedestrians to get to King Edward VI School, meaning that most residents go about their business outside the peak school times.
However, construction vehicles are now entering the lane to get to the site for a project to convert the grade II-listed 94 Newgate Street into 13 apartments and build four detached bungalows near this building.
In addition, Northumbria Police has requested that additional double yellow lines be put in place near the entrance to King Edward VI School to extend the no parking area.
Mr Harrison believes Northumberland County Council needs to help address the issue of where the people who currently park on the road outside the school entrance will go instead.
And he is also urging the local authority to take action if a scheme for a couple of new homes on land adjacent to the registry office – a planning application has been submitted for this – and potential development on KEVI land are approved.
The Cottingvale resident said: “The conditions for the former registry office give a time window just before and after school peak times where there will be no delivery vehicles on the lane.
“Hopefully, the subcontractors for this development will be able to follow this timetable, but the county council needs to monitor the situation in case there are problems.
“My big concern is if the other proposed schemes are approved and work starts on them whilst work is continuing on the apartments and bungalows at the former registry office site.
“Cottingwood Lane is busy enough and further construction traffic would make things even more dangerous for other vehicles and pedestrians.
“The council would surely have to show some sympathy for the residents. Maybe some temporary restrictions could be put in place?
“If the yellow lines as requested by Northumbria Police come into force, this will mean about 70 cars will need somewhere else to park.
“Myself and two other residents did a walk with Morpeth North county councillor David Bawn and PC Darren Stapleton of the Morpeth neighbourhood team and identified areas of the school site for temporary parking.
“Hopefully, the county council will be able to come to an arrangement with KEVI for helping to create additional parking space at the school site.
“I support some form of residents parking system to help reduce the current inconsiderate parking issues and it’s good that the one being proposed goes right to the end of Cottingwood Lane and covers the side streets.”