Two tickets in just a few hours

A MORPETH visitor was slapped with two parking tickets as he was unaware of restrictions.

Last week the Herald reported concerns from the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade that clearer signage is needed in Oldgate to warn drivers that it is residents’ parking only.

Now pensioner Tim Fletcher, of Longframlington, has backed the calls after picking up two tickets in a matter of hours for parking in the street on November 27.

He said: “I didn’t know anything about the restrictions. I have parked there many times before and not got a ticket. I’ve parked there for 30-odd years on and off. For the first ticket I was only there about half an hour just to go to the bank and a shop in the arcade and that was it. I moved the ticket inside and left it in the windscreen on the driver’s side, but when I went back the warden was writing another one.

“I come into Morpeth for a swim, but I don’t really want to come now. I think the signage needs to be more obvious. There are no yellow lines down there so any strangers think they can park there.

“I checked and there is a sign that says ‘residents’ parking’, which is about 12 inches by 18 inches and up over a sign, but it is back from the road. I’m lost for words really.”