Plans will double parking spaces at Ponteland car park

08 Mar 2017

Ponteland Town Centre is set to have a significant increase in car parking capacity through plans developed by a local county councillor working with Northumberland County Council and Ponteland Town Council.
 
Consultation has just opened on proposals that would see more than twice as many parking spaces in the area between Merton Way shopping centre and the Meadowfield industrial area of the town.
 
Local county councillor Richard Dodd raised concerns about the lack of parking facilities in the area - with the existing provision struggling to cope with the demands placed on it by shoppers and others visiting the town centre to access local services.
 
The plans that have been developed make better use of the space in and around the existing Merton Way South car parking area, as well as the adjacent U9092 access road.  Existing bays would be reconfigured and verge areas used to make further bays.
 
Under the plans two walls would be removed to allow a new one-way route around the car park, with a new raised pedestrian crossing enabling safe access to the Merton Way shops.
 
The proposals would bring the total parking capacity from 48 to 111 - with 40 long stay spaces and 71 short stay, including six blue badge holder parking places.
 
Councillor Dodd said:  “I’ve been working to get these issues resolved for the last four years, and have saved money from my local improvement scheme budget to get the ball rolling.  I hope that this will alleviate the parking problems in the area, and what is sometimes abuse of this car park.  I hope that the expansion will help to support the the local shops and keep Merton Way vibrant.”
 
Councillor Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at the county council added:  “We are very pleased to be working with the local councillor and the town council to improve parking capacity in the town.  This looks a very creative solution to a local issue, and I hope that people will support it in the consultation.”
 
The total cost of the parking improvements would be around £250,000, and Cllr Dodd has allocated  £56,000 from his members local improvement schemes budget to the project.
 
Consultation on the scheme will run until Friday 14 April 2017 and you can see the proposals on the county council’s website here.  You can make comments by email to highwaysprogramme@northumbeland.gov.uk or in writing to Highways Programmes, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF