Car parking boost for Hexham town centre
09 Nov 2017 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
Hexham town centre is to get extra pre-Christmas parking when new spaces are opened up this week.
The former Hexham Bus Station site on Priestpopple is being opened up to provide 27 temporary car parking spaces until the longer term development plans for the site are taken forward by the developer Dysart.
Northumberland County Council has worked with Dysart to make the site available to the public for informal car parking during this period.
County Council staff have been busy clearing the site to remove the overgrown vegetation, taking off the existing road markings, sweeping the site and painting new parking bay lines.
The works have been completed to allow traffic to park there from today (Thursday, November 9).
Ward Councillor for the area Cath Homer said: “It’s great that we’re able to open up a vacant site for the benefit of shoppers and local residents ahead of Christmas.
“I’ve spoken to local traders who have welcomed this parking boost at a crucial time of year for them. I know first-hand how difficult it can be to find a space and any increase in parking availability has to be good news.”
Hexham was one of the towns subject to a parking survey over the summer to help the council develop options for future parking needs in the area and this initiative is being taken whilst the reports for the study are being completed.
Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services, added: “We’re very aware of carparking issues in both Hexham and other parts of the county and that’s why we’ve carried out these studies.
“I’m pleased this particular scheme will relieve some of the pressures we know are in the town at present."