North Sunderland Parish Council will meet county representatives in September to discuss a traffic management plan for the village.
The meeting, pencilled in for September 9, could be the first step on the way to free parking in the village. It comes after the Labour administration on the county council announced it was delivering on its pre-electioon pledge to allow local communities to decided if they want to have parking fees or not.
Initial meetings are being arranged with town and parish councils in places where charges are currently in force – including Berwick, Holy Island, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell and Alnwick.
These will lead to the development of community-based parking plans, including the option of getting rid of charges unless local councillors believe they should stay for traffic management purposes.
The process is aimed at ending what many claim is the unfair current system, which involves charging in rural communities and free parking in major towns such as Ashington and Blyth.
Members in Seahouses have identified September 9 as a good date to meet the council, as it gives them the opportunity to discuss parking and traffic management issues among themselves first.