Parking plans steam ahead

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.

It’s full steam ahead for plans to expand the parking provision at a north Northumberland train station after an application was submitted.

Northumberland County Council has lodged a bid to build a car-park extension at Alnmouth Station following years of complaints from residents in neighbouring streets.

The proposals would see an expansion to the newer, county council-owned car park on the northbound platform side, taking the total number of spaces at the station to almost 200.

In September, the Gazette reported that the county council had 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 station-users parking outside their homes, the new spaces will be time-limited.

The promise came at a public meeting, attended by more than 60 people, where 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; and the northbound car park not making best use of the space available.

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

After that meeting, ward member Coun Heather Cairns told the Gazette: “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.”

Consultation on the plans runs until next Thursday and the target determination date for the scheme is in December ahead of the February 2015 date for the new car park.