Councillor cash to solve parking issue

Carlisle View at Morpeth.
Carlisle View at Morpeth.

NEW parking facilities are being installed on a Morpeth street to enable some residents to stop outside their homes.

Due to its narrow width of four metres, Carlisle View was subject to a ‘no waiting every day between 8am and 6pm’ restriction on both sides. The street is next to the Riverside Leisure Centre and runs adjacent to the River Wansbeck.

When parking wardens became the responsibility of Northumberland County Council last year, people living there faced a regular fine or having to try and find a space in public car parks.

After getting in touch with their local councillor David Moore, he raised the issue with officers and it was proposed to introduce resident permit holders for bays immediately in front of numbers one to 14.

In the consultation, 11 people were in favour and none were opposed. In addition, Morpeth Town Council and Isos Housing gave their approval.

One of the responses said: “This would save me having to pay £110 per annum for a car parking permit, as I currently cannot park outside my own flat. Even with the permit I currently buy, sometimes I cannot find a space to park.”

The proposal was unanimously approved by members of the county council’s planning and environment committee. The £3,000 of funding to carry out the works has come from Coun Moore’s small schemes allowance.

After the meeting, he said there are already five schemes of a similar nature operating within Morpeth and others may follows as places such as Chantry Place and Newmarket are currently being assessed.