PARKING wardens will still patrol Northumberland towns on Sundays, despite charges being dropped.
Northumberland County Council has confirmed that its civil enforcement officers will continue to work on Sundays, even though the authority has backed measures which will see all charges on that day removed.
The authority has also confirmed that there will be no free parking in the run-up to Christmas, with charges in some county car parks having been removed in past years over the festive period.
It last night drew criticism from one of its own members as well as Alnwick Chamber of Trade over both.
The council’s executive this week endorsed a series of recommendations which will see Sunday charges at Berwick, Alnwick and Hexham removed, and free parking at Morpeth continuing.
However, the council has confirmed that the wardens will continue to operate across the county on Sundays.
Town chamber of trade chairman Carlo Biagioni said there is no point having wardens working in Alnwick on a Sunday, claiming it is “so quiet” that traders “will be lucky if we see 20 cars around the town.”
Alnwick Conservative county councillor Gordon Castle queried how wardens would enforce time restrictions given that motorists will not have to buy tickets.
The council’s parking manager Lynne Ryan explained that “there is still enforcement needed” despite charges no longer applying, “for example around parking on double yellow lines or in loading bays.”