Coach park scheme changing after local concerns

07 Aug 2017

Changes are being proposed to a controversial town centre coach park in Berwick in order to provide extra car parking in the town.

The six-month scheme by the former administration to provide four new coach parking bays in Chapel Street never proved popular  - either with coach operators or many local businesses or residents.

Now it’s proposed, subject to planning approval, that the Chapel Street facility will be changed into a car park to provide a total of 25 free car parking spaces in the town centre.  

Coaches will continue to drop-off on Church Street before parking up at the Swan Centre leisure facility in Tweedmouth. Berwick Town Council has been asked for its views on the proposal, ahead of any final decision being made.

Councillor Peter Jackson, Leader of the County Council, said: “We are committed to listening to local residents and responding to their concerns and this is a classic example of something that was neither wanted or needed at this location and since the coach park has been opened it has hardly been used.

“We know parking is an issue for Berwick, as it is in many of our market towns, so creating extra free car parking will benefit residents and visitors to the town - particularly useful during the peak tourist season.”

Berwick North Councillor Catherine Seymour added: “As a local resident I am well aware of the local objections to installing a coach park at this location. It has never worked, so repurposing it to provide extra free car parking seems to make perfect sense.”