Parish councils turn attention to priorities for transport funds

North Bank in Belford
North Bank in Belford

Town and parish councils from across Northumberland are currently submitting their list of priorities for transport funding to the county council.

Each year, Northumberland County Council allocates funding via its Local Transport Plan, which sees each town and parish council submit a wishlist of three priorities.

Cars parked on Main Street in Seahouses.

Cars parked on Main Street in Seahouses.

While there is no guarantee that money will be allocated to any of the three issues, the aim is to provide the county council with a guide to each community’s key concerns.

Among the parishes to submit their bids for 2016/17 this month are Belford and North Sunderland.

In Belford, the top priority is speeding on North Bank, long a source of complaints of cars racing down the hill into the village.

The second request is to repair the speed humps on Williams Way.

The final priority for the village is for double yellow lines to be painted on the southbound corner of West Street leading on to High Street, due to safety concerns relating to parked cars.

In Seahouses and North Sunderland, the first priority is the resurfacing of the roads from the bottom of the roundabout near the harbour to the slope to Middle Hill, the corner of Chapel Row and Seafield Road to St Aidan’s.

The second request was the enforcement of the existing parking restrictions throughout the village.

Parking has been a regular and thorny issue for the parish council over recent months.

An issue relating to the road at the rear of the Co-op, which also abuts properties on Crown Street and the Old Bakery cottages, was raised at the August meeting, at which it was also reported that 62 per cent of residents were in favour of parking restrictions on Main Street opposite the old cemetery.

At the July meeting, it was reported that the parish council has been liaising with the county council about new parking restrictions on James Street to tackle the parking issues in that area.

The third priority was for the layby entrances from Broad Road End to Shoreston to be levelled for easier access for cars to park, as well as the grass area on the seaward side.