New parking bays continue to be a source of debate

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The installation of bird’s-beak fencing to create parking bays in the lay-bys along The Wynding in Bamburgh continues to be a talking point.

As previously reported by the Gazette, the bays were created by the landowner, Bamburgh Castle Estates, following discussions with the parish council and the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, in order to prevent motorhomes and camper vans parking there illegally overnight.

As well as the fencing, signs have been installed directing visitors to campsites in the nearby area, although on the Gazette website and Facebook page, some questioned the action.

Coun John Woodman, ward member for Bamburgh, said: “I’m pleased that the landowner took action to control overnight parking along The Wynding – the situation last year was getting silly. Although a couple of spaces are a bit small, they have taken a good approach as they have used natural materials consistent with that used elsewhere.”

On the letters page in last week’s Gazette, Abbeyfield volunteer George Stokoe pointed out that for many years Abbeyfield Extra Care residents in Alnwick have enjoyed tours in a minibus on a Tuesday, with some of the trips stopping at the lay-bys.

“To park for a short time just down from the golf course looking right along the beach with the Bamburgh Castle in all its majesty towering above – wonderful,” he said. “Please Mr Calvert, Bamburgh Castle director, can you created a short-stay parking spot for the disabled?”

And Mr Calvert responded: “You are welcome to bring you minibus up to the castle and park for free and enjoy the stunning views from up here.”