Parking improvements in Berwick

12 Dec 2017

New infrastructure improvements are under way for Berwick to provide extra car and coach parking in the town.

A scheme by the former administration to provide four new coach parking bays in Chapel Street never proved popular  - and a planning application has been submitted for it to be permanently changed into a car park to provide 22 new free spaces in the town centre.

To help with the increasing popularity of electric cars, a vehicle charging point is being considered for installation in the carpark.  

With the Chapel Street facility in line to be converted, a long-stay coach parking facility is now under construction at the Swan Centre, with work expected to last three weeks. Extra signage will also be provided to direct coaches to it.

Finally a short stay coach parking facility is to be provided on Walkergate. This will be an extension of the existing bus parking bay and allow parking for up to two hours and is primarily aimed  at those coaches which would be looking to stop in the town for shorter periods.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services, said: “We know parking is an issue for Berwick, as it is in many of our market towns, and we’re determined to find a solution which will benefit residents, shoppers and tourists.

“Tourism is a key industry in the town and it’s important the right infrastructure is in place to allow coaches to drop off and park easily. We feel this is the best current solution and will be monitoring it carefully once under way.”

Councillor Catherine Seymour, Berwick North added: “This is good news indeed as the coach park did not work and took away car spaces.

“This current solution shows that we are listening to the concerns of residents and businesses, as well as continuing to promote the town’s tourist sector.  

“Considering the constraints of the rich built heritage that we are stewards of within our walled town, the compromise of the extension of short term on Walkergate, long term at the Swan Centre for coach parking and to return car parking spaces back on Chapel Street is welcomed.”