In Northumberland we have 130,000* active drivers, over half of those live in South East Northumberland and enjoy free parking in Council owned car parks in Ashington, Blyth and Cramlington plus two hours time limited parking in privately owned car parks.
The Lib Dem administration's Councillor Andrew Tebbutt told the public the revenue from Car parking is £4M in Northumberland.
It means families living in the North and West of the County with access to one vehicle, potentially pay an additional £60+ per year. Northumberland County Councils Parking permit costs £110 annually.
Northumberland Labour Group would like Parish Councils in the North and West to produce traffic management plans to see if Northumberland County Council can introduce free parking in their areas. Some Parishes have informed the County Council they require parking charges in place to manage traffic management problems and discourage the local workforce from blocking car parking spaces for tourists and shoppers.
Labour Group believes that the work undertaken by the Vale of the White Horse Council, increased casual trade by two thirds, can be replicated across Northumberland and that Parishes should consider first hour free, first two hours free, or if they can manage traffic without charges. Some car parks are massively under utilised Monday to Friday, as Northumberland has a huge elderly population who can visit areas on those days, Parishes need to seriously consider this in their parking plans before more shops and businesses are starved out in their areas.