New parking improvements in Berwick
20 Jul 2018 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
More than 20 new car parking spaces have been created in Berwick ahead of the main tourist season.
Work is now complete on a new 15 space car park in Chapel Street, replacing a coach park which never proved popular. A further six parking spaces have been created on the street outside.
The car park includes a disabled space and two electric vehicle spaces, with an electric charging point in the process of being installed. It is a short-stay car park, allowing two hours parking.
The conversion work has seen the electronic bollards removed and will be reused, the entrance and exit to the park redesigned and the area resurfaced and relined.
Long-stay coach parking facility is now available at the Swan Centre, with short stay available on Walkergate, primarily aimed
at 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 remains an issue in the town as it is in many areas, and this new car park forms part of our comprehensive parking plan for Berwick.
“In addition to these much needed new spaces for cars we have also provided places for coaches to park which will ensure that tourists and residents will equally benefit.
“It’s important the right infrastructure is in place for both cars and coaches in a popular tourist destination like Berwick and I’m delighted we’ve been able to get the new parking spaces in for the summer holiday season.”
Councillor Catherine Seymour, Berwick North added: “The Chapel Street Car Park has opened at last in Berwick! Its former life as a coach park was unsuccessful. Passengers were not able to get on or off coaches in situ. There were no facilities and many other complaints including environmental issues.
“It has been a bone of contention before and since its inception, when it eliminated short term car parking for the library, social services and shoppers for the town centre. Although there are many parking restraints in our heritage market town, provision has been made for short and long term parking for coaches.
“The Chapel Street Car Park has been restored to a better state than formally with upgrades for the benefit of the public.”