Prudhoe Town Council objects strongly to proposed car parking charges at Prudhoe Interchange and Tyne Riverside Country Park
14 December 2018

Prudhoe Town Council objects strongly to proposed car parking charges at Prudhoe Interchange and Tyne Riverside Country Park.

Prudhoe Town Council were unanimous in their support of the many residents and user groups who attended the council meeting on 28th November to object to Northumberland County Council's proposed parking charges at Prudhoe Interchange and Tyne Riverside Country Park.  The council were very grateful to Director of Local Services, Paul Jones, for attending and sent a letter with the followng objections by way of response:

  • Disparity of the approach taken towards Prudhoe and market towns within the County as car parking charges are a deterrent to tourists; Prudhoe is a historic Castle town and we also wish to welcome tourists to Prudhoe and certainly not deter them.
  • The potential negative impact on potential visitors to Prudhoe and the knock-on adverse impact on the economy of the town.
  • The potential adverse impact on the new café business; especially taking account of the fact that there was no assurance that the new proprietors were aware of the proposal before taking on the venture.
  • The policy of charging to park at the Tyne Riverside Country Park is felt to be at odds with the County Council’s policy of encouraging a healthy lifestyle as the park is used regularly by many community and sporting groups (including the Prudhoe Parkrun, Junior Parkrun, Tyne Valley Canoe Club, Prudhoe Plodders  and walking groups to name but a few, as well as cyclists who transport their bike via car and many dog walkers who visit by car before taking their walk.
  • The cost of the season ticket at the railway was felt to be unreasonably high.
  • The proposed charges at the railway station discriminated against rail users in Prudhoe who were acting in an environmentally friendly manner and reducing their carbon footprint by travelling into Newcastle by train (the proposed Parking Charges would increase the cost of travelling to work in Newcastle by rail by a further 50%).
  • Prudhoe railway station is now the busiest on the line following a great deal of work by the Tyne Valley Community Rail Users Group and the proposed charges would discourage rail travel.
  • Parking Charges at both sites would displace the traffic elsewhere.
  • Previous attempts to introduce car park charging had to be abandoned as people would not pay to use the car park.

At their meeting this week, 12th December, Councillors were assured to hear from County Councillor Gordon Stewart that the administration were looking closely at the objections and he was optimistic that the special case being made for Prudhoe would be well received.

You can still respond to the consultation by emailing budget@northumberland.gov.uk

58 Front Street The Spetchells Centre Prudhoe Northumberland NE42 5AA Tel: (01661) 835487 email: prudhoetc@hotmail.com
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