Discussions on free residents’ parking in town

cars parked in Alnwick market place.
cars parked in Alnwick market place.

Councillors and business leaders in Alnwick are going to get together to try to thrash out a new parking regime for the town.

Along with all other communities, the new Labour administration at County Hall has offered free parking and has said that officers will work with them over the summer to develop a plan.

Coun Gordon Castle said: “I would suggest that residents would overwhelmingly support free parking for residents, but the plan I supported left charges for visitors.”

He said that free parking for residents, administered in a similar manner to the current system, where a £15 fee is payable every two years, could be suitable, if it had no impact on the town council precept.

But Coun David Farrar said that while in theory most councillors might support free residents’ parking, it was unwise to commit to a position before any discussions have taken place.

New county councillor for Alnwick, Heather Cairns, said: “On the doorstep, it was the issue that came up time after time after time. But I wouldn’t do anything now, because nothing is ever free. It has to be paid for somewhere.”

Members agreed to form a working group of councillors, the Chamber of Trade and the transport leader from the Neighbourhood Plan group.