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Protestors bid to put brakes on car park plan

Newton-by-the Sea car park council site visit.
Concerned local residents.

Newton-by-the Sea car park council site visit. Concerned local residents.

Residents in a north Northumberland village have protested against plans to create a car park behind their homes.

Plans have been submitted to Northumberland County Council to make 32 spaces behind houses at Town Close in Newton-by-the-Sea.

The proposal has been put forward by the owners of the Joiners Arms pub in the village, to eradicate parking problems which blight the centre and cause traffic problems.

But residents are unhappy with the plans.

And last week, while members of the north area planning committee took part in a site visit, residents were out in force to show their objections.

One, Craig Silk, who lives at Town Close, said: “We feel that it is wrong that the car park should be at the back of our houses.

“We don’t disagree that the pub needs a car park but there should be alternative plans.

“The plans don’t give any consideration for the residents.”

Newton-by-the-Sea parish Council has also objected to the plans and stated that alternative sites should be looked at.

However, despite numerous objections there have also been hundreds of letters of support for the plans.

They state that a car park is much-needed necessity for the pub.

 

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