Road safety concerns and parking issues raised by Alnmouth Parish Council

Parish councillors in Alnmouth have called for the resurfacing of two problem areas.

Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 7:00 am

Concerns about The Wynd, part of the village’s one-way system, and a section of Foxton Road have been reported to Northumberland County Council.

“The Wynd is in very poor condition,” agreed Cllr Gordon Castle, local county councillor.

"It’s urgent. Anyone on a two wheeled vehicle, powered or not, is in danger of losing control.

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The Wynd in Alnmouth.

"We need to get that sorted so I am hopeful of a very speedy response to that.

"The road condition is quite unacceptable and the white lines do need to be repainted to remove the obvious confusion.

"I knew it was getting rough but it’s worse than I had appreciated.”

Chairman, Cllr Shaun Whyte revealed he had a site meeting with a highways officer on Foxton Road to discuss the problem between the cemetery and Mount Pleasant.

"It’s on the radar and I will keep the pressure on,” he said.

Cllr Mac McHugh called for interim signage to be installed.

"I think there should be a warning at both ends,” he said.

The potential introduction of a residents’ parking permit scheme is to be discussed at the next parish council meeting on December 8.

Cllr McHugh, who runs the Red Lion pub, said: “From a business owner’s perspective I think this is mad. You are trying to bring people to the village but you’re creating more of a problem here.”

But Cllr Whyte responded: “We’re just looking to protect the interests of the residents.”

He revealed there had been a small number of mobile homes spotted in the village during the second lockdown, despite overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences not being allowed.

“I’ve had one or two complaints about mobile homes being parked in the village,” he said. “I’ve brought those concerns to the attention of our community support officer who has assured me there are regular patrols to look out for these vehicles.

"If they do find them they will knock on the door and remind the occupants that they have to abide by the covid restrictions. I don’t think there have been that many in the village but there have been one or two instances.”

Meanwhile, new wooden planters have been ordered with a plan to install them in the spring.

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