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Morpeth residents’ parking zone gets thumbs up

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.

A residents’ parking permit zone in an area of Morpeth town centre is set to be introduced following positive feedback.

Such a proposal came about after a number of people contacted Morpeth North county councillor David Bawn with concerns about inconsiderate parking on Cottingwood Lane and adjoining streets.

A county council spokeswoman said: “Coun Bawn requested that a residents parking permit zone be considered in order to alleviate these issues and it was agreed following a site meeting that this zone should encompass all streets north of Howard Road.

“Local residents have been consulted on this proposal as well as statutory consultees including Morpeth Town Council, emergency services and other interested road user associations.

“Following a request made by Northumbria Police, double yellow lines near the entrance to King Edward VI School are also to be introduced.

“The majority of residents responded in favour of these parking measures and it is now the intention to introduce this scheme, which is being funded through Coun Bawn’s members local improvement scheme allowance.

“The next step will be to prepare the necessary traffic regulation orders and issue the scheme for implementation.

Local residents will be sent a decision letter in due course.

The spokeswoman also responded to some of the comments made to the Herald by Cottingvale resident Keith Harrison, saying: “In relation to the query about the double yellow lines, the majority of people parking in this area are reported to be Sixth Form students at King Edward VI School.

“The school is committed to improving its on-site parking provision and is investigating possible solutions.

“Officers will also continue to work with the school to encourage alternative sustainable methods of transport, which could include car sharing as well as walking and cycling.

“We note the concerns about the registry office development.

“The area will continue to be monitored and any issues will be addressed appropriately wherever possible.”