Proposed parking restrictions in Northumberland seaside village described as 'overkill'

Proposed parking restrictions in Bamburgh have been described as ‘overkill’ by the local county councillor.

Friday, 15th November 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 1:07 pm
The Wynding in Bamburgh. Picture by Susan Dawson

Northumberland County Council is consulting residents about the introduction of double yellow lines on The Wynding.

The narrow road leading to the beach and golf course is popular at peak times of the year.

In the consultation letter, Richard McKenzie, senior programmes officer, said: “The county council has received concerns from residents about parking in the Wynding causing obstructions and safety concerns. In order to address these concerns it is proposed to provide double yellow lines.”

However, Coun Guy Renner-Thompson, Bamburgh ward county councillor, said: “Blanket double yellow lines is probably overkill. At this rate we’ll end up with every street in Bamburgh having double yellow lines.”

Bamburgh Parish Council has called for a meeting to be organised to receive feedback from residents.

“It’s a seasonal problem but the road was impassable on some days,” one resident told the meeting.

Vice chairman Andy Bardgett stressed it was vital to ensure access for emergency vehicles at all times.

The consultation ends on December 4. Comments can be made via email to [email protected]

Meanwhile, the county council is to carry out a consultation on residents’ parking at Lindisfarne Avenue.

Coun Renner-Thompson said he was also continuing to press for the removal or replacement of crumbling rumble strips at the entrances to the village.

He also hoped the recent reorganisation of policing resources in northern area command would free up officer time to target problems such as speeding and inconsiderate parking.