Changes to car parks on the cards

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CHANGES to the car parks in Alnwick are being put forward by the county council as part of its new parking strategy.

Under the proposals, parking in the town centre would all be for up to two hours, longer than is currently the case in Market Street and Bondgate Within.

Pottergate, which currently has a four-hour limit, would also have a two-hour limit, while Greenwell Road, Pottergate New Row, Dispensary Street and Roxburgh Place would still have all-day parking.

The shoppers’ permits, which allow parking free of charge at certain times would be valid in Greenwell Road, Dispensary Street and Roxburgh Place.

And a report will be going to the Area Committee in April regarding the Traffic Regulation Order in the Market Place.

Alnwick’s county councillor, Gordon Castle, said: “I don’t like the fact that there is a scale of tariffs without any mention of the actual charges involved for parking.

“There will be some concern, quite understandably, that this is only a prelude to hiking up the cost at the parking meter.

“In terms of the shoppers’ permit, it does not include the key shopping streets in Alnwick, which I believe limits its value considerably.

“We believe that there is still a way to provide residents with a permit which allows for totally free parking, within the set time limits, at a manageable cost to the county council.”