Councillors have mixed views on whether free parking is the way forward for Seahouses, following an offer from the new Labour administration at County Hall.
The parish council, as with all others in the area, received a letter from new leader Grant Davey explaining that he has asked officers to work with them over the summer to ‘establish a community-based parking plan’.
The letter said that he was keen to follow through on his manifesto promise, but was aware that different places had experienced different issues.
Coun Tom Orrin said: “We have always been for equality.”
Coun David Donaldson agreed that the current situation was unfair, saying: “In the south-east corner, Blyth Valley and Wansbeck, there’s no parking charges – we subsidise them.”
Coun Orrin added: “This is unanimous, it should be free.”
But other members weren’t so sure. Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart said that while having to pay to park to buy a paper was annoying, without charges, people ‘will outstay their welcome’.
And Couns David Shiel and Philip Brabban were dubious as to how free parking in the council car park would affect the harbour, which relies on parking charges.
Members are to discuss proposals at the next meeting.