Concerned trader makes plea for extra car parking

Ann Burke at the site she suggests could be used as a car park in Amble.
Ann Burke at the site she suggests could be used as a car park in Amble.

A concerned trader who led a fight for parking restrictions to be eased in her town has called for a new car park to be built to solve the chronic lack of space.

In 2012, Amble businesswoman Ann Burke launched a petition for regulations to be reviewed on Queen Street.

The document was signed by more than 3,000 people and led to Northumberland County Council increasing parking provision along the street.

Now, Ann, of 42 Queen Street, has written to the authority calling for an area of land to be transformed into a car park, on the back of concerns over the lack of long-stay parking in the town.

In the letter, she asks the authority to look at the idea of turning a triangle of land next to Amble Marina, and to the north of the path off the end of the bridge, into a car park.

She said: “This would provide a car park that was close to Queen Street and to the newly-proposed Harbour Village via the Coquet Street car park.

“The county council has an obligation to provide parking adequate for the town. The problem is lack of parking. If we are trying to promote tourism, we need to have a car park.”

Her letter was written as part of a consultation relating to parking in the town.

A county council spokeswoman said: “We are looking into all the responses to the consultation, including Mrs Burke’s, and will be considering the way forward.”