The number of all-day parking spaces in Alnwick has been reduced, with a new time limit coming into effect in one car park yesterday.
Greenwell Lane Part D, the last car park that you come to down Greenwell Road, behind Iceland, now has a four-hour limit, which will require the use of time discs.
For the first week, civil enforcement officers from Northumberland County Council will be issuing warning notices, not fines.
A county council spokeswoman said: “Reduced parking times are being introduced to 71 parking spaces in Greenwell Lane Part D in Alnwick. These parking bays are changing from all day to four-hour parking.
“The changes are being introduced at the request of Alnwick Town Council, who felt that there needed to be some short-stay provision as shoppers were having trouble finding parking spaces. Reducing the parking time in these bays will increase the turnover of parking spaces and help increase footfall in the town.
“The new parking order came into effect on Tuesday, September 8. For the first week, enforcement officers will be issuing warning notices – reminding people of the time limits and that they have to display a parking disc.
“We consulted directly with local residents and businesses that back on to Greenwell Lane and signs were also on site to advise any other interested parties on how to comment on the proposals during the consultation period. The terms and conditions on the parking board have also been changed.”
Alnwick Town Council clerk Bill Batey said that as part of ongoing dialogue that has taken place since free parking was introduced in April last year, it was felt by the town council and Alnwick Chamber of Trade that there should be some shorter-stay spaces, as there has been previously. This led to a consultation exercise about the proposal.