Roadside parking concerns

A Travelsure bus in Shilbottle.
A Travelsure bus in Shilbottle.

Confusion over where cars can park on a Seahouses road has led to homeowners complaining after their cars were ticketed.

Coun David Shiel reported that residents of Harbour Road had complained that they had received tickets despite being parked on what they believe to be their property.

He said that one woman had been looking at her deeds to check the outer limits of her property.

County Coun Pat Scott, ward member for the area, said that she had been contacted by residents on the same issue.

She pointed out that it is, in fact, illegal to park there behind the double yellow lines.

However she added that they were looking at possibly changing the traffic regulation order.

Coun David Donaldson said: “I can’t see why they are being so hard on the people on Harbour Road because they are off the main highway.”

Northumberland County Council took over responsibility for parking enforcement from Northumbria Police in April this year.

The parking regulations have not changed but now Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs), employed by the county council, are enforcing the rules.

There are 26 CEOs across Northumberland, split across four areas, with seven of them working in the north area.