Resident calls for illegal parkers to be punished

A WOMAN living near Morpeth’s new supermarket has urged traffic wardens to take action against problem parkers.

Before the Morrisons store in Low Stanners opened, Staithes Lane residents said one of their main concerns was that some shoppers would park in residents’ only bays rather than the actual car parks.

And in the days since it began to trade, Jennifer Jones has found that a number of drivers have been stopping in her designated space.

She said: “I’ve had to approach quite a few cars that have been parked in my space since the new Morrisons opened.

“Some have moved on when I’ve told them that the area is only for Staithes Lane residents and they should use the car park next to the store, but others have ignored me.

“I’ve called the county council about the situation and hopefully the wardens will take action against these people, otherwise they will keep parking on the lane.

“It’s not fair because we have to pay for permits to park outside our homes. Perhaps the council can put up better signage.”

The Morrisons short-stay outdoor car park is managed by Europarks and shoppers can get the parking charges (£1 for up to one hour and £2 for up to three hours) refunded in store if they spend £5 or more.

This arrangement is not necessary for disabled drivers as parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

The policy was changed following complaints. Disabled customers said it was an issue of mobility through having to reach ticket machines, return to their cars to display the tickets, then get to the store entrance.

An undercroft long-stay car park, managed by the county council, is also available. The county-wide permit can be used in this facility.