Parking enforcement change welcomed

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A BUSINESS leader is hoping that a change in parking enforcement could pave the way for better regulations in Alnwick Market Place.

Carlo Biagioni, chairman of Alnwick Chamber of Trade, has welcomed the news that Northumberland County Council will take over enforcement of on-street parking regulations from April next year.

The Department for Transport has formally accepted the county’s application for civil parking enforcement.

The formal order will be completed on April 16.

And Mr Biagioni is hoping that the change will mean a clear directive on parking in the town’s Market Place is put in place.

He said: “I think it should be properly regulated and we should have parking by the Northumberland Hall. I also think that residents should be able to park after 6pm. But I think this might help to get something done.”

A recruitment drive will be held in the New Year for a team of enforcement officers and supervisors to take over control.

Coun Isabel Hunter, Northumberland County Council’s member for infrastructure and environment, said: “This means we have cleared the final hurdle in our CPE application.

“It is tremendous news as it will allow us to unblock our streets of illegal parking.

“We will be running a publicity campaign in the New Year so that everyone is aware of what the changes will mean and we can have a smooth transition in parking enforcement arrangements.”