More experiments planned to try to tackle parking

Queen Street in Amble
Queen Street in Amble

Further experimental schemes are being planned to try to resolve Amble’s parking problems, the Gazette has been told.

Lack of parking provision has long been an issue in the area and debate was sparked recently when part of the Braid was turned into a temporary car park for a trial period over the peak summer season.

The initiative, which split opinion in the town, finished a few days ago. Meanwhile another measure – a weekend park and ride scheme which has been running in the town since July – ends on Sunday.

Earlier this week, representatives from Northumberland County Council, Amble Town Council, the development trust and business club met to discuss parking and possible ways forward.

Amble Mayor Craig Weir said the discussions were useful and admitted that other ideas are being thrashed out.

He said: “We are trying experimental schemes to see if we can solve the parking and traffic-flow problems. Two of these have taken place – the parking on the Braid and the park and ride – and we will look at the feedback from the public.

“We were never trying to spoil the Braid, it was an experiment, to try something new.

“One of the experimental ideas we are coming up with is a one-way system on various streets down by the harbour and we will be looking at parking in various parts of the town.

“We are working together to find a solution and welcome constructive feedback from the public.”

Business club chairman Ann Burke said: “The group will carry on meeting to try to resolve the problems and find extra parking for the town, but it is finding land to do it on.

“There will be some experimental schemes put into place in the near future and we hope that the town will work with us and see that we are trying to better Amble.

“We have a problem with parking all year round and the tourist trade is increasing.”

○ The park and ride scheme will run on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm.