Queen Street in Amble
Queen Street in Amble

Alternative solutions to help parking in a seaside town have been voiced, following the release of a much-scrutinised traffic review.

On Tuesday night, Amble Town Council’s planning committee and traders in the area discussed controversial aspects of the Northumberland County Council consultation.

The document has raised a number of concerns, including plans to install no waiting restrictions on Leazes Street and add loading and disabled bays on Queen Street.

Traders fear that this would drive customers away, especially as parking is already limited.

Parts of the document were thrashed out on Tuesday and alternative solutions to put to the county council were discussed.

Coun Helen Lewis said: “It is difficult to satisfy everybody.

“I think most of the problems are due to the historical layout of the town. One of the first things we need to do is urge the county to make more effort to create a large car park in the area. At the top of Queen Street there should be something telling people where the car parks are in the town.”

The consultation proposes a no-waiting restriction, every day, from 9am to 6pm, on Leazes Street.

Among a number of suggestions for this particular area for the town, Coun Lewis added: “Any no-waiting restrictions, apart from around the junctions, should be Sundays and Bank Holidays only, preferably from Easter to the end of September, 9.30am to 3.30pm.”

It was also suggested to make the restrictions more staggered.

For Queen Street, Coun Lewis added: “The preference would be to allow limited parking on both sides. If you did that, you would have to have loading and disabled bays at the top and bottom of the street.

“But if they don’t wish to do that, there isn’t need for the proposed disabled and loading bays because people can load and off-load and disabled people can use their discs.

“The traffic wardens would need to be reminded that people can load and off-load.”