Published on 26.03.2014

Residents urged to get ready for free parking

A number of the county’s towns and villages, including Alnwick, are to introduce free car parking from the start of April. Although free, time limits and other restrictions, such as parking outside of marked bays, will still be in place.  Motorists will need to display a parking disc when parking in short-stay car parks and on-street spaces that were previously pay and display.

Mayor of Alnwick, Councillor Bill Grisdale, on the right in the picture above explained “Alnwick should welcome this popular measure, and I would call on all car drivers to help the authorities to deliver a smooth transition to the new arrangements. The disc system has proved to be very efficient in many other parts of the country and I expect it will be successful here too.”

Over the next four weeks, the county council’s parking services staff will be visiting locations around Northumberland, distributing new parking discs and talking to local people. They will be joined by civil enforcement officers (CEOs) and local volunteers who will help to explain the new arrangements.

Commenting on the new scheme Carlo Biagioni, Chairman of Alnwick Chamber of Trade  said “The Alnwick Chamber of Trade and the Northumberland Market Towns Chambers are  very pleased that the new administration kept their promises regarding the car parking issue.   We believe this will help the town centres to thrive and grow”.

In Alnwick, the events will take place between 10am and 3pm in the Market Place/The Shambles on Saturday March 29th, Friday April 4th, and Thursday, April 10th.

For more information visit the Northumberland County Council free car parking pages.