Is free parking the right option for Seahouses?

Last Sunday morning was gloriously sunny in Seahouses.  But, as always, the County Council supplements the illumination on the car park with all 18 (yes, eighteen) lights blazing away too.' 'I have, for over a year now, been conducting a one-man campaign to try to have such nonsense eliminated: I have not been successful, obviously.  I wonder if any of your readers can suggest an effective next step that I might try.  Or perhaps it would be helpful if every local Council Tax payer wrote to the Council to express their views on ongoing blatant waste of resources.  Perhaps any environmentalist might explain to the Council what is involved in the concepts of 'carbon footprint' and 'global warming'.' 'Mike Hosken'Seahouses.
Last Sunday morning was gloriously sunny in Seahouses. But, as always, the County Council supplements the illumination on the car park with all 18 (yes, eighteen) lights blazing away too.' 'I have, for over a year now, been conducting a one-man campaign to try to have such nonsense eliminated: I have not been successful, obviously. I wonder if any of your readers can suggest an effective next step that I might try. Or perhaps it would be helpful if every local Council Tax payer wrote to the Council to express their views on ongoing blatant waste of resources. Perhaps any environmentalist might explain to the Council what is involved in the concepts of 'carbon footprint' and 'global warming'.' 'Mike Hosken'Seahouses.

Councillors have mixed views on whether free parking is the way forward for Seahouses, following an offer from the new Labour administration at County Hall.

The parish council, as with all others in the area, received a letter from new leader Grant Davey explaining that he has asked officers to work with them over the summer to ‘establish a community-based parking plan’.

The letter said that he was keen to follow through on his manifesto promise, but was aware that different places had experienced different issues.

Coun Tom Orrin said: “We have always been for equality.”

Coun David Donaldson agreed that the current situation was unfair, saying: “In the south-east corner, Blyth Valley and Wansbeck, there’s no parking charges – we subsidise them.”

Coun Orrin added: “This is unanimous, it should be free.”

But other members weren’t so sure. Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart said that while having to pay to park to buy a paper was annoying, without charges, people ‘will outstay their welcome’.

And Couns David Shiel and Philip Brabban were dubious as to how free parking in the council car park would affect the harbour, which relies on parking charges.

Members are to discuss proposals at the next meeting.