Parking woes rear their head again

The new double yellow lines being painted on Bilton Hill to try to tackle some of the parking issues in the area. Picture by Steve Miller
The new double yellow lines being painted on Bilton Hill to try to tackle some of the parking issues in the area. Picture by Steve Miller

Double yellow lines being extended on a road near to Alnmouth Station has reignited the debate about solving the parking issue in the area.

Residents living in the streets surrounding the popular and well-used facility have long complained about users parking outside their homes, which tends to happen due to a lack of space in the two car parks at the station.

Northumberland County Council is working with Network Rail to extend the parking provision, but last week, the double yellow lines were extended up Bilton Hill to prevent cars parking there.

As reported by the Gazette last September, this possible solution was discussed at a public meeting held to try to tackle the ongoing problems.

However, the new markings have sparked a mixed reaction as well as reigniting the debate about the best way forward.

One suggestion previously debated was the introduction of a residents’ parking permit in the affected streets, but when put to the residents, there was a 50/50 split, meaning the county council would not impose this on them.

Some, including county councillors Gordon Castle and Heather Cairns, felt that this was a solution that could provide some respite, but some residents remain firmly opposed to this, not least because it would require them to pay to park by their own homes.

Last month, we reported that the work to extend car-parking provision on the northbound side of Alnmouth Station could start in September.

The development is for 43 extra spaces, taking the provision from 66 to 109 bays.

Council officer Margaret Robinson said: “We have got through the first two hurdles with Network Rail, meaning they agree in principle to extending the car park.”