Parking goes out for review

A public consultation has been launched to review parking in a seaside town, amid criticisms over the length of time it has taken to come to fruition.

Northumberland County Council has been working closely with Amble Town Council on matters relating to parking in the area.

In February, a one-hour limited waiting restriction was introduced on Queen Street to encourage turnover for the businesses.

Discussions have continued and other areas have been identified where the level of parking raises road-safety concerns.

As a result, a series of proposals have gone out to residents, who are being urged to give their feedback, including on issues which may not have been addressed in the consultation.

Proposals in the document include protecting the junctions where visibility is an issue in various locations in the town with ‘no waiting at any time’ restrictions.

Some of these are Newburgh Street, Marine Road, Percy Street, Dilston Terrace, Coquet Street and Church Street.

Other proposals include no waiting every day on Leazes Street, from 9am to 6pm.

There is also a proposal for loading bays and bays for the disabled on Queen Street.

But the time it has taken for the consultation to come to fruition has come under scrutiny.

At last month’s town council meeting, members threatened to write to the authority’s chief executive if the parking review was not published in the following two weeks.

Town and county councillor Robert Arckless conceded it had taken a long time, but said it had been held up because of the new administration taking over and it was important to get things right.

On Monday, Mayor Craig Weir reiterated the town council’s frustration.

“This has been going on for nearly a year. As a town council, we have done as much as we can to progress this.

“We are critical that this has taken so long.

“The document is welcome, but we want a positive, practical answer as soon as we can get it.”