Alnmouth parking concerns prompt meeting

Alnmouth
Alnmouth

A public meeting is being held in a seaside village next week in a desperate bid to try to solve chronic parking problems.

Frustrated residents are set to voice their discontent and lobby for some sort of action to be taken to help improve the situation in Alnmouth.

The forum will take place at the Hindmarsh Hall on Tuesday, from 7pm. It has been organised by county councillor Heather Cairns, following residents’ concerns. She will also chair the event.

Representatives from Northumberland County Council are expected to be there.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The situation has got so bad that residents avoid leaving the village fearing they’ll not be able to park on their return.

“We appreciate that Alnmouth businesses rely on tourism and most of us enjoy the benefits and don’t want business people to suffer, but we reckon small changes could make a big difference.

“The overall view is that there is no longer a balance between tourism and the needs of local people.

“If people are concerned about the increased parking problems in the village, then they should try to get to the meeting where we can continue to lobby for action to improve the situation.”

The issue was raised at the July meeting of Alnmouth Parish Council by frustrated residents on Argyle Street.

Some ideas to improve the problems, which have been suggested, include new prominent signs coming in to the village directing day visitors left to the beach and parking area. There were signs years ago, but they no longer exist.

The introduction of permit parking, where people on the electoral roll are given two passes each, has also been suggested.

Another proposal is for the creation of a one-way system to prevent traffic flowing straight down Northumberland Street. It is claimed that this would help divert traffic towards the beach parking.

There has also been a request that holiday-letting companies and local businesses stop re-directing their clients to park in roads like Argyle Street, if there’s no-where else available.

The installation of no-entry signs at the entrance to clogged up roads like Argyle Street has also been put forward as an option.