Survey findings indicate desire for more parking restrictions in Northumberland tourist hotspot

Three-quarters of Bamburgh residents have indicated support for time-limited parking restrictions in the village.

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 7:00 am

More than four-fifths (83%) of people also believe the current parking situation is unsustainable.

The preliminary findings of a survey carried out by Bamburgh Parish Council were discussed at its December meeting.

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Bamburgh's main car park last summer. Picture: Karen Larkin

Cllr Andrew Bardgett, vice chairman, said: “I’ve always thought that some time-limited parking was a sensible thing to do so that people can get to the shops rather than people parking there all day.

"The survey is still open for a few weeks so we’ll have to wait and see what the final result is.”

Cllr John Mackey said the majority of respondents so far appeared to be permanent residents.

It was hoped that more second home owners would respond over the festive period.

Parking restrictions are proposed on The Wynding in Bamburgh.

Cllr Kirsty Dobson said: “We’ve had a good amount of responses with some really interesting comments. It’s open until January 25 so we might get a few more responses in over Christmas. We then need to summarise the findings and present them.”

Meanwhile, councillors were told that Northumberland County Council plans to introduce seasonal double yellow lines on The Wynding before Easter.

Parking restrictions on the road, one of the main access points to the beach, have been proposed for some time.

Cones to prevent parking have been in place in recent months as a temporary measure. It was agreed these should be left in place until the spring unless problems arise.

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