David Woodard

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Newcastle International Airport offers visitors travelling to it by car a range of parking options ranging from those wish to park short term to pick up or drop off to those that wish to park their car for longer. In recent years I have used the Express Pick-up and Drop-Off car park located immediately outside […]

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Parking in Morpeth Town centre

by David Woodard on 16 February, 2015

Morpeth Conservatives should remember that when they led a Tory/Lab administration at Castle Morpeth Borough Council prior to its abolition they supported charges for parking in the town’s off-street car parks. So any comment about car parking in Morpeth has to be referenced to the time it was made and the conditions that existed at […]

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Morpeth’s current parking problem needs to be solved

by David Woodard on 23 April, 2014

Last summer when the new Morrisons store opened in Morpeth 300 extra parking spaces became available making the removal of metered parking and charges possible. Less than a fortnight after the removal of parking charges and the introduction of disc parking Morpeth traders were expressing concern that many workers in the town were not parking […]

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Labour’s costly “free” parking plan revisited

by David Woodard on 5 February, 2014

It seems that Northumberland County Council’s Labour administration is determined at the budget meeting on the 18th February to introduce free parking irrespective of the cost and without satisfying local concerns that it will operate effectively. Last week letters from me were published in the Newcastle Journal and the Morpeth Herald. My letters reiterated the […]

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Labour’s costly “free” parking plan

by David Woodard on 27 January, 2014

Northumberland’s county councillors meet on 18th February to agree a budget for 2013/14. The current plan by the new Labour administration is to increase council tax by 1.99% to raise an extra £2,630,000. This sum covers the cost of introducing free parking in Northumberland said to be £2,235,000. All council tax payers in Northumberland would […]

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‘Free Parking’ in our market towns – Where the catch?

by David Woodard on 21 December, 2013

Last year when the Tories called for free parking in our market towns Labour councillors described it as a “political stunt.” The leader of the Independent group, now closely coupled with Labour, described it as “crass populism.” Then, in a U-turn ahead of the local election in May, Labour pledged, if elected, to bring in […]

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Parking at the new Morrisons superstore in Morpeth

by David Woodard on 17 July, 2013

The arrangements for parking at the new Morrisons superstore, which opens in Morpeth on 22 July are as shown below. A new short stay car park will be managed by Europarks and will provide 283 pay and display parking spaces. The charges for pay and display are: £1 for up to one hour, if you […]

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The Liberal Democrats in Northumberland have slammed the county’s Labour Party for what they see as an attempt to duck responsibility for implementing a key manifesto pledge to introduce free parking across the county. In a letter to parish and town councils, Labour Northumberland County Council Leader Grant Davey offers a ‘commitment’ to introducing free […]

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Labour’s pledge to scrap car parking charges

by David Woodard on 20 May, 2013

Labour made the following unequivocal and popular manifesto pledge at the recent county council election. “We will scrap this unfair tax on our Northumberland towns which sucks out over £5million from the local economy each year.” As a result of the election and a deal made with three Independent councillors the Labour party now controls […]

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When I read the Tory motion put forward for debate at the County Council meeting on 5 December I recognised it as yet another ill-considered and badly worded party political stunt that was probably going to fail or be substantially amended. Only a month previously the Council had brought in free parking on Sundays in […]

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