Pensioner hits out at problems over parking

AN elderly resident has criticised parking problems on Queen Street.

The 89-year-old, who has mobility issues, hit out at the current situation and called for action to be taken to try to resolve the issue.

There are parking time-limits along Queen Street, but the latest meeting of Amble Town Council heard that enforcement has been the problem.

“I am disabled. I can’t walk more than 30 feet, but I can’t park,” the resident said.

“There should be something done about it.

“There is no warden in the area.

“The shopkeepers are losing out. I won’t shop down there.”

The town council has promised to try to resolve the issue.

Northumberland County Council is taking over the enforcement of on-street parking regulations from Northumbria Police next month.

Town council clerk Elaine Brown has written to the authority requesting that all parking enforcement signs and markings on Queen Street are brought up to date by the end of March.

She has also urged the county council to make parking enforcement along Queen Street a priority.

Any response from County Hall will be forwarded on to the shopkeepers.

Members also agreed to try to get the former Turner Street car park re-open to try to ease the parking problem.

It has been cordoned off for about two years after being earmarked for development.

Coun Ian Hinson said he understood that the owner of the site had changed and said: “We should find out who the new owner is and ask them if they would allow us to use it as a car park until they develop it.”