One of the policies which the Conservatives will introduce if elected at the next County Council elections is to introduce Free Parking for Northumberland residents. However your local Conservatives arent waiting until May...
Shoppers in Hexham and Corbridge, as well as Berwick, Alnwick and Morpeth will have seven days free parking in the run-up to December 25. The change comes after Labour councillors supported a Conservative motion calling for the concession. The Liberal Democrats voted against the plans, but it was passed 23 votes to 22. That means parking charges will be suspended from Tuesday, December 18.
This is a fantastic boost for local traders and small shops in our towns at most important trading period of the year. It is hard to underestimate how important the Christmas season is to the retail business - it can make or break the year ahead.
Why the Lib Dems opposed a motion to help boost our towns' small shops I will never know. They also continue to support free parking for Blyth and Ashington all year round but insist people in Hexham and Corbridge must pay.