More parking issues to discuss ahead of review

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.

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Members continue to discuss the best way forward on car parking in Seahouses following the offer from the county council of free parking.

But it was agreed to wait until discussions with the officers from the council’s parking team, due to take place over the summer, before making any decisions.

At Monday night’s meeting, councillors looked at the different charges levied in various towns and villages in north Northumberland.

They were concerned that the charges in Seahouses were higher than most other towns and villages in the area.

Coun Sylvia Hillan said: “Apart from Holy Island and Beadnell, we are about the dearest for all-day parking.”

Coun David Donaldson said: “What we would like to see is a levelling-out, if not free parking for all. Why should some parts of the county be given an unfair advantage over other parts of the county?”

County Coun John Woodman said that the different charges are partly due to what different places are able to charge and partly ‘an accident of history’, pointing out that following this review, each town and parish would decide its own regime.

He added that an issue in Seahouses was that the car park is owned by the Lord Crewe trustees and not the county.