Infrastructure improvements and parking

Cars parked along Main Street in Seahouses.
Cars parked along Main Street in Seahouses.

Better road infrastructure in and around Seahouses and more parking in the village are among the priorities when it comes to transport.

At the September meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, members finalised their requests for Northumberland County Council’s Local Transport Plan.

The first issue raised was new/improved road markings from Preston Tower to Ellingham, followed by improvements to the A1 from Brownieside to Ellingham and then onwards to Seahouses and the coast.

Phase one of the proposed cycle path, which links Beadnell and Seahouses, has been done, but members are keen for the Shoreston to Bamburgh section to be carried out.

However, Coun David Donaldson did point out that he believed funding for the first section came from Sustrans.

Another bid is for a double-sided boundary sign between North Sunderland and Seahouses, while it is hoped that a flashing speed sign on the entrance to the village on King Street would deter speeding.

Parking is another key issue for the popular tourist destination and a number of priorities are to be submitted to deal with this issue.

One simply calls for additional car-parking space in Seahouses and could involve altered use of the coach park.

To provide better parking elsewhere, another priority calls for the grassed area on St Aidan’s from Broad Road end to Monk’s House to be levelled alongside repainted no camping signs.

But as well as extra car-parking facilities, the control of where parking takes place is also required, including on King Street and near the Anchor Housing complex at Chapel Court. In the same area, a no through road sign is needed at Crumstone.

Every town and parish council in the county submits priorities to the county council and they are then assessed and ranked which sees some put into the works schedule for the coming years.