PARKING: Council review is required

It isn’t always clear in the Morpeth Herald notices section what the county council’s changes in parking rules in certain areas mean as there tends not to be explanatory notes.

Hopefully, the council will look at parking issues where changes can produce clear benefits to road safety, traffic flow or restrictions on residential parking on bus routes, for example. In certain areas this leads to one bus having to wait while another gets by a parked car or two.

I am also concerned about the issue of parking on pavements, which has led to permanent damage to a high percentage of the area’s pavements. Only a percentage of the damaged pavements is likely to be improved in the short term.

A re-look at the council’s approach in both areas could lead to positive change for bus drivers, residents and taxpayers.

There is surely a way that the Alec Tweddle walks around Morpeth booklets can be re-done as DVDs.

There are enough local history experts who are both knowledgeable about the town and entertaining speakers to tell the story of the changes in its history whilst following the routes set out in the booklets.

The history of the town needs to be remembered, but to do so it needs to be repackaged to suit contemporary needs.

A filmed walk around Kings Avenue and De Merlay Road would surely stop outside the former Smail family home, and whichever form the building may take, it will be forever linked to the contribution the family made to the town.

If you can’t guarantee spending ten minutes in the company of a Roger Hawkins, ie someone fully immersed in the town’s history, you pick up information from resources available.

It was a shock to read that there is a fund-raising campaign to repair the clock in Carlisle Park, which has been a focal point for many years.

The county council has the Greater Morpeth Development Trust in the perfect location to work on a development plan for the park as a whole.

It’s not a great walk from its office to go around the park and consider what can be done to make more people want to spend more time there and to match the quality the flowers had in the past, with the pride the workers put in, with the needs of the visitors of today, and indeed tomorrow.

The short stretch of road between the bottom of Cottingwood Lane and St James’s Centre has been dug up many a time, more often than not to deal with problems caused by the water source that runs down in the vicinity.

A lot of flood protection investment has gone into resolving problems from further up Cottingwood Lane to next to Tommy’s park. When the work is finished we will see if the trees in the park have been affected and if the damage to the wall and the grass is repaired.

As yet the park is only small, but it carries a lot of value to local people who enjoy it now and remember those who did in the past.

Robert Pollard

Northbourne Avenue

Morpeth