Residents are being urged to get ready for free parking in Northumberland by picking up their new parking discs.
A number of the county’s towns and villages, including Alnwick, are to introduce free car parking from the start of April, but enforcement of time limits and other restrictions, such as parking outside of marked bays, will remain in place.
Enforcing the time limits in short-stay parking areas will ensure turnover of high-demand spaces. Motorists will need to display a parking disc when parking in short-stay car parks and on-street spaces that were previously pay and display.
Over the next four weeks, the county council’s parking services staff will be visiting locations around Northumberland, distributing new parking discs and talking to local people. They will be joined by civil enforcement officers (CEOs) and local volunteers who will help to explain the new arrangements.
In Alnwick, the events will take place between 10am and 3pm in the Market Place/The Shambles on Wednesday, March 19, Saturday, March 29, Friday, April 4, and Thursday, April 10.
For those taking place in Berwick, Hexham and Morpeth, see the full details here.
Free parking is also being introduced in the council’s car parks in Bamburgh, Beadnell, Rothbury and Wooler and discs will be available from council buildings as well as from local shops and businesses.
Corbridge, Craster, Holy Island, Newton-by-the-Sea and Seahouses have opted to retain parking charges for traffic-management reasons. Parking charges will also remain in place in Berwick Railway Station car park.
Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, said: “We believe free parking has benefits for residents, businesses and visitors. I would urge everyone to pick up their new parking disc so they are ready for the change on April 1.”