Proposals aim to tackle village’s traffic problems

Northumberland Street in Alnmouth.
Northumberland Street in Alnmouth.

Plans to try to improve chronic parking problems and traffic congestion in a popular seaside village will go on public display next week.

Northumberland County Council has been working on proposals to alleviate the issues in Alnmouth.

Last summer, frustrated residents voiced their discontent at a packed public meeting and lobbied for some sort of action to be taken to help improve the situation.
Alnwick county councillors Heather Cairns and Gordon Castle chaired the forum, while county-council officers were also present.
The authority has been working on proposals to help improve traffic flow and car-parking arrangements.
And now, the plans showing these proposals will be displayed at a public exhibition in the Hindmarsh Hall in Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, on Tuesday between 2pm and 7pm.
Council officers will be available to answer questions and receive comments and members of the public are being encouraged to attend.
Alnmouth is in the county-council ward of Couns Castle and Cairns and they are pleased to see the proposals come forward.
Coun Castle said: “Alnmouth’s parking problems can be acute and are worsening, however the options are limited.
“It is important local people consider what is possible and proposed and express their views.
“We will consider these most carefully, but it should be recognised that the basis of improved traffic flow is a one-way system, which the village does lend itself to.”
Coun Cairns added: “Following a public meeting last year, Gordon and I used some of our small schemes money to commission a traffic survey in Alnmouth to investigate opportunities to alleviate problems of traffic flow and resident and visitor parking.
“Council officers have now suggested a series of measures and these options will be displayed in the Hindmarsh Hall.
“Residents are invited to comment on the proposals and following this consultation the council will make decisions.
“There is money available to implement the proposals and I would urge residents to embrace them.”