Parking on the pavement adds to difficulties

A car parked on the pavement in front of the Northumberland Hall.
A car parked on the pavement in front of the Northumberland Hall.

Parking in Alnwick’s Market Place continues to cause grief with cars now using the pavement and blocking access.

At the end of last year, plans to create parking bays and designated loading areas to deal with ‘continuous illegal parking’ in the square were approved.

This new restricted parking zone will replace the existing ‘pedestrians only’ order, which is widely ignored.

But while the Market Place is often filled with cars parked all over, now some have started to park on the pavement in front of the Northumberland Hall.

Concerns have been raised that it prevents access to businesses and the tourist information centre in The Shambles.

What’s more, wheelchair and pushchair users can find it difficult to cross the cobbled square, so pavement access is important.

One business owner said it was a constant issue, adding: “When did it become okay to park on the pavement?”

Vehicles also park on the pavement at the top end by the exit, which has led to broken flagstones – a complaint aired on the Gazette’s letters page last week by Alnwick town councillor Bruce Hewitson.

The current restriction in the Market Place is a moving traffic offence, which must be enforced by Northumbria Police and by its nature is difficult to do so.