Survey aims to address town’s parking issues

Parking in Greenwell Lane, Alnwick.
Parking in Greenwell Lane, Alnwick.

Building a multi-storey car park has been suggested as a way of tackling Alnwick’s parking problems, as part of a recently-launched survey to try to resolve the issue.

The Alnwick Chamber of Trade (ACT) committee has put forward a number of ideas in a bid to create extra space for motorists.

Feedback is wanted on the proposals, both from members of ACT and the wider community, as well as encouraging people’s own ideas and thoughts.

Among the suggestions is an option is to build a multi-storey car park in the current section D car park along Greenwell Lane.

Other proposals put forward are:

l Making a permanent car park on the field next to the Bowling Club on Dispensary Street. ACT says this is already used as an overflow during the music festival;

l Return to buying permit parking for all-day parking;

l Ask the county council to try to open up car-park spaces under McCarthy and Stone’s Robert Adam Court development on Bondgate Without, where planned shop space has never been occupied.

In an email to ACT members, chairman Carlo Biagioni said: ‘There is not a problem in getting parking spaces from October to April, but with a view to getting the most out of visitors to the area from May to September, we feel things need to change.

‘There are too many spaces lost at present in all-day car parks to abandoned cars and to the users of Alnwick Castle and Garden.

‘Also inadequate parking was allocated to the many new flats, thus owners are using the public parking spaces.

‘So how do we increase the number of spaces?

‘When visitors who cannot find spaces in the Greenwell car parks leave, they find that they cannot turn right into the town centre, so many turn left and perhaps leave the town.

‘We need better signage to direct them to other car parks, though most of them are full in the peak months so how do we approach the county council to remedy the situation? Please reply in favour or against each suggestion and also answer with your ideas/proposals.’

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