Boulmer village car park will be closed temporarily to allow for important work to be carried out.
The job, to create six additional spaces and resurface the well-used facility, is due to take place tomorrow and it is hoped that it can be completed in one day.
To allow for the scheme to be finished, the car park will be closed today and tomorrow and possibly Saturday, if the work spills over. Coun Adrian Hinchcliffe told the meeting that, in addition to the offer of voluntary help from RAF Boulmer, he is expecting volunteers from the community, while David Purvis, of Longhoughton Quarry, has offered excavating equipment and materials.
During the meeting, concerns were raised about traffic in Boulmer.
The meeting heard that some residents have expressed concern about the congestion that is arising at peak times in the centre of the village – and elsewhere – due to vehicles parking.
It is being suggested that the stopping of parking on the northern end of Boulmer has caused the problem, which is why the parish council is creating the additional spaces in the village car park.
The increase in tourism in Northumberland, including Boulmer, overspill parking from the Fishing Boat Inn and the success of the refurbished Boulmer Memorial Hall can all add to the congestion, it was said.
Coun Hinchcliffe suggested that the parish council does not take any action now, but lets the changes settle in and review the situation in the autumn. The parish council agreed.
A proposal was made to purchase an honesty box for Boulmer car park to help with the increasing costs to keep the facility open.
The money will also contribute towards maintenance of stobs in the area and keeping the Boulmer toilets open.
The parish council was in favour of this. It was noted that two people should empty, count and collect the money regularly.