Permit parking plan dropped as support falls off

Moves to introduce residents-only parking in a Morpeth street have been shelved.

Proposals were put forward for the scheme in Cottingwood Lane following years of complaints about problem parking blocking the road and pavements.

There was concern that people were using the street to avoid the charges in town centre car parks, and consultation carried out by Northumberland County Council last year found extensive support for a residents-only parking scheme.

However, Morpeth Town Council and Morpeth North county councillor David Bawn urged any changes to be deferred until the impact of free parking, which came into force in April, could be assessed.

Now a subsequent survey has found residents divided over whether the scheme is still needed, with 19 respondents in favour, 17 against and two undecided.

Coun Bawn said: “Although the proposed scheme to introduce a permit scheme received overwhelming support, I was conscious that the first consultation was carried out before free parking was introduced in the town centre.

“I therefore felt it was important to re-consult before proceeding with implementation.

“The results have now come in and it appears that many residents feel that the situation has improved significantly due to the new free parking regime, and there is no longer overwhelming support for the scheme.

“I have therefore asked officers to keep the matter under observation and not proceed at this time. However, there are safety issues regarding the entrance to Orchard Mews that need to be addressed.”