Parking confusion on the Cobbles continues

The red car is parked legally because it is within the white lines.leaving the section with the double yellow lines clear.
The red car is parked legally because it is within the white lines.leaving the section with the double yellow lines clear.

Motorists continue to be caught out by an area of The Cobbles in Alnwick, where confusion over parking has led to a series of tickets.

In April, we reported that angry residents had raised concerns after they were slapped with tickets for parking in an area they thought was legal, near the Salvation Army store on Bondgate Within.

This car has been given a PCN for parking the wrong area.

This car has been given a PCN for parking the wrong area.

They said that white lines separating the different areas had faded and some were concerned that Northumberland County Council, which enforces the regulations, was exploiting this issue instead of giving the benefit of the doubt.

At the time, a spokesman for the authority simply said: “Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are issued when a civil enforcement officer observes a contravention of a Traffic Regulation Order. If a driver feels that a PCN has been issued incorrectly, they can appeal against it by following the details explained on the reverse of the ticket.”

And it appears the issue has not gone away.

The Gazette was contacted by a holidaymaker who received a PCN for parking on double yellow lines, right outside Bell and Sons on The Cobbles.

Lindsey Bilston explained that she had correctly displayed a time disc, returned within the two-hour limit and was in a line of parked cars, which weren’t ticketed.

“It certainly soured our visit of an otherwise beautiful, friendly and thoroughly delightful area,” she said.

When the Gazette went to take a look at the area on Monday afternoon, a car had been given a PCN for parking in the section governed by double yellow lines, where the parking area tapers off to a point (see photos above).