More spaces in an attempt to tackle station parking

Penalty Charge Notices have been issued to cars parked incorrectly at Alnmouth Railway Station.
Penalty Charge Notices have been issued to cars parked incorrectly at Alnmouth Railway Station.

The county council has pledged to provide 40 new spaces at Alnmouth Station by February next year in a bid to solve parking issues.

But to try to tackle the ongoing problems with residents of nearby streets complaining of stations users parking outside their homes, the new spaces, on the northbound side, will be time-limited.

The promise came at a public meeting in Alnmouth last week, attended by more than 60 people.

The purpose of the meeting was for the sharing of information between residents and the county council.

All who attended were given a comment form to fill in and return, while there were information boards showing imminent and future schemes to try to find a solution.

The main issues raised were cars parking outside properties on Curly Lane and South View for up to three weeks; the conflict on the streets between parked cars, larger vehicles such as buses and schoolchildren as well as speeding; the county council-owned northbound car park not making best use of the space available; and the overgrown hedge on Bilton Hill.

The solutions discussed include the new spaces, with the agreement of Network Rail; trying to acquire more land around the station; double yellow lines on Bilton Hill, although this may displace cars elsewhere; improved pedestrian and cycle access over the bridge and at the roundabout; and use of a speed camera as well as interactive speed signs on Bilton Hill.

However, some are concerned that extra space isn’t necessarily the answer to the residents’ woes.

Ward member Coun Heather Cairns said: “My view is that however much parking we provide, it won’t be enough and I feel for those people that live in close proximity.

“I would have wished to put down a residents’ parking scheme, but we were defeated on that because it was 50/50 (for and against in a consultation of residents).

“It’s all about people’s lack of care and consideration for others. What we are doing though is not giving up.”