More than 100,000 discs given out as free parking beds in

Parking discs issued by Northumberland County Council.
Parking discs issued by Northumberland County Council.

Free parking is proving popular in Northumberland as more than 100,000 parking discs have been handed out.

Since the initiative started on April 1 Northumberland County Council has given out 105,570 parking timer discs to be displayed in cars.

And 18,000 of those have been given to people in Alnwick - which is 10,000 more than the population of the town.

Parking is free in Alnwick, Bamburgh, Beadnell, Berwick, Hexham, Morpeth, Rothbury and Wooler.

In short-stay car parks a time disc must be displayed and no return regulations obeyed.

Discs can be picked up from Tourist Information Centres across the county as well as some businesses and the Gazette’s office on Bondgate Without, in Alnwick.

They are currently free but from June 1 they will cost £1 each.

Discs will also need to be displayed when new parking rules come in to force in Alnwick Market Place.

From June 2 there will be 11 bays in the Market Place, alongside the Northumberland Hall.

There will also be a disabled bay, space for motorcycles and several loading bays.

A new legal order will come into place which will prevent people parking anywhere but the bays.

Parking will be for 30 minutes only.

Concerns were raised at Alnwick Town Council about parking enforcement in the Market Place being by observation.

However Coun Gordon Castle has spoken to officers at Northumberland County Council who confirmed that disks will need to be displayed.

For more information about free parking in Northumberland and which car parks still charge visit and click on the parking discs link on the homepage.