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When the railway station car park was redeveloped the plans included additional parking on the other side of the railway tracks where
the remains of the castle are. This has never been built and it would make sense to do this now as there is insufficient parking at the
Item C' (26 A, B & C) Oil heating wagon needs use of the full width of the road at this point of Castle Terrace, to access number 26.
The proposed Item C if effected would mean not being able to guarantee delivery of essential heating oil. 'Item C' If effected the
inevitable consequence is more persistant parking either side of the entrance/exit to 26 motorists need to drive out into the middle of
the road to see if other vehicles are coming. At this point of Castle Terrace vehicles travelling in either direction tend to travel
dangerously fast. Having the very high posibility of cars parking either side of and on the opposite side of the road in the proposed
parking bays to the entrance/Exit to No.26 will be too dangerous and will create the same problems that are trying to be eliminated
on the stretch between Castle Drive junction and the junction with the A1167/Castlegate. 'Item B' is reasonable to expect residents of
Castle Terrace to use Castle Drive as an access road. Especially as the junction onto the A1 from Castle Terrace is Southbound
On a whole I support the proposals but I have some worries. The junction at the end of Castle Terrace by the railway bridge is
dangerous at the best of times so when traffic is prevented from traversing Castle Drive to the North Road. There will be a build up of
traffic using this junction. It is often very difficult to exit this junction because of traffic flow into towns and there will be cars backing
up into Castle Terrace because they cant exit from it. Any cars from residents of Castle Terrace would, if they were wanting to go to
local supermarkets and, or Morrison's, have to use that junction. Rather than the direct route through Castle Drive and the safer exit
1 onto the North Road.
My preferred option is Item B, having a disabled vehicle the bottle neck extending 2/3 yards up Castle Terrace is extremely
dangerous when driving. I drive down Castle Terrace several times a day with my disabled daughter, the Terrace is reduced to one
lane often hazardous. The entire Terrace should be prohibition of parking only on own drive because if it is not they will park their
cars further on the Terrace as what happened when the bottom was resident only. The prohibition would have to be 24 hours as
1 vehicles are left for days at a time. They are using Castle Terrace as a unpaid extension of the Railway Bar Park.
Item A - The proposed revocation of 'Residents Only Parking' for replacement by 'Resident Permit Holders or 2 hour limited Waiting'
restrictions will not, in my view, increase usage of these bays since most vehicles appear to be left by those onwards by rail.
Item B - While I have no objection to this proposal, i am not aware of major use of Castle Drive as a 'rat-run' other than when the A1
route is closed. Castle Drive and Windsor Crescent are regularly used by those drivers undergoing driving tuition (and testing?). How
will the proposal to restrict vehicular access affect the several businesses involved in driving instruction? Is the statement incomplete
in your letter when it appears to indicate an intention only to 'prevent vehicles from parking other than those accessing off street
premises? I had always understood the intention of this restriction was preclude 'through' traffic!
Item C - I would support this proposal as very necessary but would extend the proposed continuation of existing restrictions on the
North side of Castle Terrace to beyond the vehicle access to No.26. Any vehicle parked on the stretch immediately above the
junction with Castle Drive creates visibility problems for drivers emerging from Castle Drive who cannot see East bound traffic
1 emerging from the substantial hidden dip on Castle Terrace.
1 I suspect that Item B would be difficult to enforce.
I think you should consider the blind spot when exiting Castle Drive. I think you should leave letters on the cars parking on Castle
1 Terrace notifying them of other car parks available.
I very strongly agree with the proposals as the Castle Terrace/Castle Drive junction has been dangerous for some time due to the
proximity of parked vehicles. I do have 2 small reservations in respect of Item B. As a resident of the Meadows I access my home
via Castle Drive and Glamis Hill. On two occasions this winter, heavy snow has prevented myself and others from being able to drive
up Glamis Hill due to cars being unable to navigate Glamis Hill. Cars were having to be abandoned either on Glamis Hill or Castle
Drive until weather conditions eased. This does not occur often and is an understandable consequence of bad weather. Residents of
the meadows do, however, have little option but to park on Castle Drive during such weather. The second small observation I would
make is that by prohibiting parking in Castle Drive a possible traffic problem could ensure when a large funeral takes place at
Berwick cemetary. There is inadequate parking arrangements around the cemetary area and many people use Castle Drive to
1 temporary park.
Please implement proposals as soon a possible, as we have already had problems with cars parked at our door and left all day and
on more than one occasion left for up to a fortnight whilst the owner went on holiday via the train. I am pleased you have included
Castle Drive and Windsor Crescent in your proposals as the knock on effect from the proposed restrictions in Castle Terrace would
1 be horrendous.
1 Present arrangement is an accident waiting to happen.
Item C - Proposed bays on South side of Castle Terrace. Large cars parked between 15 & 17 and 17 & 19 makes it impossible for
1 anyone exiting No.17 to have a clear view of traffic on Castle Terrace. Traffic Calming? Traffic travels very fast down Castle Terrace.
Item C - Proposed 'No Waiting At Any Time' should extent further along Castle Terrace from the Castle Drive entrance going West
1 towards the bypass. This is a very dangerous 'T' junction and clear vision is required both ways at the Castle Drive crossroad.
We would like to respond to Item A - proposed revocation of resident parking permits:-
1) We disagree with your observation that the bays are not utilised to their full potential. Certainly bays 1 & 2 as you turn into Castle
Terrace from the roundabout are well used by the residents and residents guests, and indiscriminate parkers.
2) Who will uphold the 2hour parking restriction? Vehicles have parked outside our house for days without penalty.
3) As residents we pay for 2 permits to park outside or near our house, whereas there will be no charge for passers by to park up to
1 4) We may not be able to park near our house at all if the 2 hour parking is installed.
The car parking bays in Castlegate people think they are for residents only. I have spoken to some people about the parking in
Castle Terrace on both sides and it is a disgrace as it is just about impossible to drive up between the cars parked on both sides of
the road. Their are not enough car parks in the town and the station car park is not big enough so people park in Castle Terrace if
their was a station overflow car park of a multi car park at the station would be a good idea. People coming to visit Berwick find it
1 very difficult to find any car parking spaces as most of the car parks are full including the station.
I do not think these proposals assress the real problem which is the lack of long term parking at the railway station. Where would
those people who commute to work in Newcastle & Edinburgh or choose public transport for longer leisure journeys go? North
Road? The Greenses? Or further up Castle Terrace? The proposals put forward in Item C would concern me on two points.
1) There is no pavement on the South side of Castle Terrace from No.15 upwards - those parking there would have to cross the road
to reach the pavement.
2) Sight lines from some of the Castle Terrace drives are not good and would, I would think be further impeded by parked cars even
if these were restricted to one side.
What became of the proposal to use the Network Rail yard for parking once Network Rail could relocate? Or would a radical rethine
on the parking and traffic flow at the railway station be useful perhaps utilising the current pedestrian access opposite the Castle
1 Hotek as an exit/entrance with a one way system.
1 These proposals should be implemented at once.
1 The traffic will just move to somewhere else in the town all your doing is chasing it from one point to another.
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About time!! We already have cars parking in Windsor Crescent all day. Will I still be able to park my works van outside my house as
1 I don’t have a driveway?
Item C - A) This will certainly improve the ability of traffic to flow freely along this part of Castle Terrace which is currently reduced to
a one way system.
B) This will also improve the ability of residents to exit from their properties which is at present extremely dangerous and it is
remarkable that there have been no serious accidents caused by lack of clear vision when leaving their homes.
1 C) Please therefore implement these proposals as soon as possible.
1 Item B - Castle Terrace should be prohibition of driving except for access to off street premises.
Turning right on to Castle Terrace from Castle Drive is difficult at the best of times with the dip in the road on the right and the bend
on the left. When cars are parked on Castle Terrace, both to the right and left of Castle Drive, turning right is dangerous. Cars
parked on Windsor Crescent restrict entry and exit from my own and other drives and also prevent visitors and relatives from
1) Item A :- Should be 18 hours as this would allow people travelling on the train to stay for a day.
2) Item B :- This make more people have to navigate the dangerous slalom between Castle Drive and Castlegate.
3) Item C :- Instead of sorting out the train station parking Northumberland County Council are forcing people to walk even further to
catch the train.
Why not sort out train station parking and stop all this nonsense parking in Castle Terrace and the resulting problems. Get a grip,
1 multi storey the station car park or get the piece of land opposite the platforms off rail track!!
1 It may help the number of learner drivers practicing around the area also as they cause problems also.
1 Will residents be provided with parking permit 'stickers' also visitors to residents?
These past few months it has been difficult to turn out of Castle Drive on to Castle Terrace because of parked cars blocking the
1 views in both directions. The changes cant come too soon.
The proposals are an excellent idea. At the moment Castle Terrace is reduced to one lane by people who park all day. Castle
Terrace is also used as an overflow car park for people using the train. Whilst the proposals will help to solve the current parking
problems in the Castle Terrace/Castle Drive/Windsor Crescent area, there is still a shortage of parking spaces at the North end of
the town. Would it be possible to acquire the grounds on the North side of the railway on either side of the A1167? These two areas
would provide enough parking spaces to allgulate the already overcrowded station car park (which is generally completely filled
1 during the day). Well done Councillor Douglas for his excellent suggestions.
I am in general agreement with this problem but my main concern are the parking bays opposite the entrance to our drive at 26
Castle Terrace. The heating system in all 3 flats is oil fired and the delivery tanker needs access to our driveway to enable a delivery
to be made. To enter the drive in reverse the tanker driver needs the full width of the road to manoeuvre his vehicle with car or cars
parked outside numbers 31 and 33 Castle Terrace and cars parked on the North side of Castle Terrace this operation would be
made impossible, rendering our central heating systems useless. The current problem of safe vehicle passage would also be moved
1 up to the top end of Castle Terrace.
The proposals should make Castle Terrace the most pleasing approach road to Berwick, look less like a used car lot. In addition,
1 they should reduce the potential for an accident ''waiting to happen''. Will the restrictions and prohibiters be adequately policed?
I am strongly opposed to 'Item B'. The erection of such signage at the entrances to Castle Drive will, effectively downgrade this road.
Already this winter we have had to make numerous phone calls in order to have Gladis Hill treated in icy weather and all several
occasions Glamis Hill has been impossible for vehicles. Vehicles attempting to access Glamis Hill and The Meadows in icy
conditions are very likely to cause accidents resulting in injury & damage to property. I assure that those wishing to park will ignore
1 the signage whilst the council grittier will be even less likely to turn into Castle Drive for Glamis Hill.
1 Will this automatically stop driving schools taking lessons in area?
1 Please do this sooner rather than later because an accident will happen at the Castle Terrace/Castle Drive junction.
Windsor Crescent not Terrace. As a resident of Windsor Crescent I am obviously very pleased with the proposals - particularly Item
B. I would make the point that parking for travellers on the railway needs to be looked at. For example, there was a plan to develop a
site opposite the track - has this been resisted? As an employee at the Station I regularly receive complaints about the lack of
At last I am very pleased that something is being done before a serious accident happens in Castle Terrace and at the junction
between Castle Drive and Castle Terrace. There have been many near misses heredue to the parking in Castle Terrace. We are in
full agreement with the plans as Castle Drive could become a rat run when more houses are built in Castle Terrace. One suggestion
we would make is to extend the no parking lines in Castle Terrace at the junction to Castle Drive as there is a blind spot in the dip in
Castle Terrace when turning right out of Castle Drive. You cannot see traffic coming down Castle Terrace when they are in the dip. If
vehicles continue to park past the double yellow lines they will hide traffic coming down into Berwick. If the double yellow lines are
continued into the dip this situation would be solved. Good luck with these plans, the quicker they are impemented the safer these
roads will be. We have lived here for 40 years and the traffic situation is certainly getting worse. More parking at the railway station
1 would solve many of these problems.
A well thought out scheme which would benefit all who live in this area. We lived in Windsor Crescent for over forty years and
appreciate the problems that have grown with increasing car use. Recently it has become difficult to exit safely from Castle Drive to
1 Castle Terrace, especially if travelling towards the town by-pass.
Your suggestion for the street where I live (i.e. part of Item B) may be invalidated because you have the name of the street wrong.
The street is called Windsor Crescent. There is no such place as Windsor Terrace and your efforts in a phantom thoroughfare must
therefore be in vain. You will be blessed by the residents of Castle Terrace for Item C and the residents of Castle Drive and Windsor
Crescent are likely to find Item B by no means unwelcome. It might be worth your while giving serious thought to parking at Berwick
railway station. The station serves the Eastern borders as well as North Northumberland areas with a pancity of public transport.
Many would be rail passengers have therefore to come by car. It was said several months ago that spare ground on the 'down side'
(the railway terms) of Berwick station would be turned into a car park. It is the absence of any nearly alternative) which is probably
the main cause of the predicament in Castle Terrace. Please be so good as to acknowledge this letter and also to read beyond the
1 ticked boxes.
We very much welcome these proposals because the current parking situation has made entering, but particularly leaving, our drive
difficult and dangerous. People going for trains leave their cars sometimes for as long as two weeks right up to the edge of our
gateway, as well as directly opposite, leaving a tiny margin to get out. We have had a few near misses because we have to edge out
into the centre of the road to check the way is clear. One of us has to stand at the other side of the road to check nothing is coming.
While you are at it could something be done to reinforce the 30mph limit, which is being totally disregarded, making the situation for
us and our neighbours, even more dangerous. Good afternoon, Mr Mckenna. We live at 20, Castle Terrace, Berwick, and responded
by letter to proposed traffic/parking changes. We are generally in favour of the changes, and I thought that closing Castle Drive to
through traffic would not cause new problems. However, on reflection, I think that vehicles coming down North Road and trying to
turn right into Castle Terrace just before the railway bridge could cause problems and tailbacks. Can my change of mind on that
please be noted. Thanks.
1 Fordyce Maxwell
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We are pleased that the present parking arrangements have at last been seen to be a huge mistake and points which we made
repeatedly during the previous consultation have, at least in part, been implemented. It is also remarkable that one of our elected
representatives has acted decisively in the interest of his constituents, may it continue. Castle Drive is a main artery between Castle
Terrace and North Road, the alternative is the A1 by-pass. The closing of Castle Drive to through traffic is an over reaction. It is
doubtful whether the proposed restrictions will be respected. It is not clear whether the parking bays on the South side of Castle
Terrace are free of charge or not. If not, substantial revenue from station users will be lost, enough perhaps. To justify another deck
1 on the station car park.
As you will notice I have ticked neither box above, the reason being my main concerns are:-
A- It is very obvious that the station does not have enough parking spaces for the amount of computers, so where else will they park.
B- They will park on North Road, Percy Terrace etc instead of Castle Terrace.
C- I do agree fully that Castle Terrace is dangerous with the parking as it is but a proper solution is needed for parking at the station.
i.e. using derelict land nearby and turning it into proper parking for the station.
Being a resident on North Road I need to park outside my house and further congestion would only relocate the present problem.
Item C- These restrictions do not go far enough i.e. both sides of street should have no parking. This street is proving very difficult
for safe driving, very little notice is taken by some drivers of the speed limit. Turning right from Castle Drive is extremely dangerous
due to road rise & blind dip. It would help if the no parking restriction was extended on Castle Terrace from Castle Drive junction to at
1 least as far up as no 30 on North side. That restriction would at least be an improvement to the current proposal.
Having been employed in planning whilst in employment. I realise parking cars is an enormous problem. There seems too few places
in the station or elsewhere. I have tried to speak with others about the scheme but realise thay are a little confused. At 1st I thought
the proposal was for either or, but of course A, B & C are combined proposals. The bays on the South side should help I agree, who
will monitor the situation? I have noticed some cars here unmoved for upto 2 weeks.
Item B- Castle Drive for many years has been a driving school area, with not too serious effect to others. The area just North of
junction Castle Drive, Castle Terrace '15 metres'? Trying to turn that way is very awkward with the hidden dip beyond it, is 15 metres
enough? (Along term view I know) Castle Drive is an escape route should any serious problem occur at the area. Duns Road junction
1 to Morrisons roundabout by-pass. I ave trued to be constructive in no way facicious.
Your proposals are short sighted and do nothing to address the root cause of this issue. Hurther, they shift the safety issue up the
road to a newly approved council junction at 'The Grange' we suggest:-
1. The parking space at thief station in Berwick town centre is expanded to prevent the need for people to park on residential streets.
2. You ensure visibility for traffic around your new road to the grange or block this road entrance & put the access through The
I would strongly agree to no parking on Castle Terrace. As traffic just keep moving up further and being a resident of Castle Drive
1 would be faced with same. This is good news that this problem is being addressed as it was getting dangerous.
1. I support proposal 'C'.
1 2. The pavement area between No's. 13 & 15 on Castle Terrace should be designated no parking.
Whilst I support this proposal in principle there is one major flaw. This proposal will simply move the existing problem up the road i.e.
''Restricting the safe passage of vehicles and causing a problem for residents wishing to access their properties'' (As you state in
Item C of your letter dated 25/02/09). The new problem area will be to the West of the entrance to Castle Drive, between where the
double yellow lines finish on the North side of Castle Terrace, to where the double yellow lines will start on the South side of Castle
Terrace (outside No.35). Not only will the new proposal restrict safe passage and cause problems for residents access there is a
blind hill in the vacinity which potentially may create an accident blackspot. To make the road safe the double yellow lines should be
extended on the North side of Castle Terrace from the junction of Castle Drive to where the double yellow lines start on the South
1 side of Castle Terrace (outside No.35)
Regarding Item C.
1) We feel that the ''No Wating At Any Time'' restrictions should be on the South side of Castle Terrace (apart from the Castle Drive
Corners) for the following reasons.
a) There is no pavement on the South side so it is harder to see out of the drives.
b) Cars will have to park next to a wall on the South side so harder for passengers to get in and out of cars and harder to park.
c) Our house, No.35, has a rise on the road outside and exiting is already difficult. There should definately be no parking to the right
of our house as this will exacerbate the problem.
d) Restricting access to Castle Drive from Castle Terrace will mean residents in West End of Castle Terrace will be inconvenienced
to go to the North of the town e.g Morrisons, Trading Estates and access to the A1 North this will also increase the traffic flow back
1 down Castle Terrace and cause further congestion at the North Road/Castle Terrace junction.
My wife and I are very happy with the proposals in Item A and also with and also with the proposals in Item C subject to a slight
extension on road safety grounds to the ''No Waiting At Any Time'' restriction to cover the drive we share with house number 41 and
10 metres or one car space beyond. Parking to the immediate left of our joint access would require us and our neighbour having to
make a dangerous turning movement exiting to travel South with restricted visibility to the right. We are also opposed to Item B
which would face all existing and new development traffic travelling North as well as town traffic onto a very busy junction at the
1 1 bottom of Castle Terrace.
Item A - Unlikely to be long enough to attract any significant amount of parking - a waste of money to make the change.
Item B - We object to this most strongly. Restrictions at the by-pass junction already prevent us making a right turn to Morrison's or
the trading estate or to Edinburgh, this proposal will further increase the travel time and distance for these journeys. It will also lead to
congestion and joins at the junction at the South of Castle Terrace and and North Road.
Item C - This will cause the 'fly parkers' to go further up Castle Terrace and cause dangerous restrictions for vehicles at the road to
Castle Hills and the new access recently created for the Grange development. This is extremely ill concerned and should not be
Castle Drive is a distributor road and should therefore not be made the subject of an ''access only'' restriction order to prevent cars
from parking there. This objective could be achieved by using a restricted hours parking restriction similar to that put in place recently
by Northumberland County Council at the Berwick Middle School. Vehicles from Castle Terrace can no longer access the by-pass or
turn right there to head for the A1 North and the proposed restriction on Castle Drive would necessitate all traffic having to use the
North Road Castle Terrace junction which is almost impossible to exit at times in the busy summer months. I have no objections to
1 the other proposals.
Having read your proposals for changes to access to Castle Drive/Windsor Crescent from the North Road/Castle Terrace explained
fully we are extremely alarmed that in future we will not be able to drive through Castle Drive/Windsor Crescent at all. There seems
to be absolutely no logic in this decision and will mean more congestion at the bottom of Castle Terrace for people travelling North.
This is already a busy junction and there seems no point in making it busier when there is a quick access across Castle Drive as at
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We strongly object to these proposals. They would only move the problem that exists at the bottom of Castle Terrace further up that
road, effectively turning the upper part of Castle Terrace into a FREE PUBLIC CAR PARK cars parked on either side of a driveway
pose a huge danger. Vision would be highly impaired. Has this been properly thought through as to all the implications and dangers
i.e. is this just an easy option on the councils part due to lack of provision of dedicated parking at Berwick Railway Station and
Berwick as a whole. Also making Castle Drive access only? What is the point of that? This is only going to maximise the level of
traffic at the Toll House entering North Road (already busy & awkward) rather than maintaining the spread of traffic by using Castle
1 Drive as access to North Road.
Item A - I am neutral on this proposal. I think it should be upto the residents who live next to this piece of road, in conjunction with
those who live in the Garden City area (Northumberland Avenue, Walkworth Terrace, Percy Terrace etc). The parking restrictions at
these two locations were introduced together following public consultation. As the division councillor I held a public meeting. There
should be records of this at Couty Hall and the papers that went to committee at the time. Residentes in the Garden City can park in
residents spaces at the bottom of Castle Terrace. The parking restrictions in the Northumberland Avenue area were introduced to
make it safe for children attending both of the schools in the area. At the time, local residents and the Borough Council were also
trying to get Network Rail to provide extra parking for the station. Money was put aside by the borough to enable Network Rail to
move its depot and turn the land into parking space. They said they would proceed once the on-street parking restrictions were in
place. Network Rail has since gone back on the arrangement, hence all the cars that park in Castle Terrace. It should be noted that
many park for up to two weeks at a time.
Item B - I am against this proposal as the closure of access across the A1 by-pass to Duns Road from Castle Terrace was made on
the basis that North bound traffic could go via Castle Terrace and Castle Drive. There should be records of the changes that were
made to make the crossing safer after several head-on collisions. I think the principle of using access to control parking is not a good
Item A – Parking arrangements do not affect us. However exiting Castle Terrace to the right (into Berwick) is extremely difficult due
to the volume of traffic. This junction needs traffic lights.
Item B – Proposed Access Only Castle Drive and Windsor Crescent
Agree. Castle Drive is becoming a dangerous "rat run" with fast traffic and Windsor Crescent is far too narrow for through traffic.
(N.B. It is Windsor Crescent, not Windsor Terrace). We suggest restricted access for Windsor Crescent and a 20 mph speed limit
(with speed bumps – as in the nearby Highfield estate) for Castle Drive.
Item C – No Waiting on N side of Castle Terrace (and intermittent parking bays on S. side).
We agree with this, with provisos.
The present situation is extremely dangerous, with fast traffic moving both ways down an effective single lane, and parked cars
restricting views on each side for traffic and pedestrians exiting the houses. Problems are worst on the S. side of the road as there is
no pavement. The situation will only worsen as more houses are built at the top of Castle Terrace. The proposed scheme will
therefore be helpful, but cars need to be prevented from parking anywhere near the drive exits on the S. side of the road (not tight up
to the entrances as in your plan).
1) Since parking restrictions were made at the lower end of Castle Terrace, cars park immediately adjacent to and opposite our
drive. This completely blocks our view of the passing traffic making exiting the drive very dangerous or impossible.
2) To get a vehicle out safely requires a second person, standing in the road, to guide the driver.
1 Attached Photographic evidence.
Item B, you say the 'Prohibition of driving except for access' will prevent vehicles from parking other than those accessing off street
premises in Castle Drive, Windsor Terrace. But will the order be a sufficient deterrent to non residents from parking?
Item C, the junction at Castle Drive & Castle Terrace is a problem when coming out of Castle Drive especially from traffic travelling
from the A1 towards the town. The primary cause is the dip in the road. The 'No Parking' restriction to a point 15m North of its
1 junction will be of only minimal help surely this should continue up to the first lamp post which would be at least 40m.
The problem for Item A has always been and will be in the future, the implementation of the parking restrictions. If properly and
regularly policed there is no problem. However, the present level of parking attendants is completely inadequate and residents should
not be expected to take on this roll especially as they also pay for their permits to park whereas the 2hours parkers do so freely.
Residents out with the parking restrictions for Item A. Should not be allowed to purchase permits as has been done in the past
(especially if living off Castle Terrace and indeed half a mile away from the area. They or their visitors can at present park as long as
they wish. The restrictions should be for seven days as car owners would be able to park free from Saturday 5:30pm to Monday
1 1 11:00am with your present proposals.
1 I agree with proposed items A and C but not item B.
I strongly oppose these proposals. They are ludicrous. Castle Drive should not be an access only street, nor should Windsor
Crescent (not Terrace). Why on earth do you not make a car park in the Railway Stations sidings as has been moved. I strongly feel
that the residents of Castle Terrace are being targeted/picked on for living in Castle Terrace, Envy? Furthermore the junction at the
1 bottom of Castle Terrace is going to be a nightmare as which the traffic tailbacks in the summer.
Item A - Sensible idea.
Item B - Is unnecessary and unwelcome to residents of Castle Terrace.
Will cause more traffic at the bridge junction and this is a dangerous junction now.
1 Item C - No waiting quite unnecessary and signs will despoil the area simply why do it?
I especially do not support either Item B or Item C.
Item B - Why the need to lessen/stop access to Castle Drive surely closing off 'Windsor Crescent' is a better idea. Anyway how
would this be controlled? How can you stop drivers from using Castle Drive (put sentries at both ends? Toll the road etc) This
proposal is nonsense.
Item C - We get oil delivered regularly worries around tanker not been able to access road properly if bays implemented. Anyway,
1 folk will only park further up road. It cannot be forgotten Castle Terrace is a main road and only so wide!
It is very difficult at measure to get out of Castle Drive especially heading towards the A1 bypass because of the lack of vision
coming from parked vehicles whose headings for Berwick with speed at which a lot of vehicles travel. Could the clearance of parking
1 above Castle Drive be restricted not for safety reasons.
Item C needs changed to the arrow shown on the map enclosed. This is to say the double yellow lines need to go further North after
1 Castle Drive on the North side due to the dip in the road being a danger to all traffic.
An improvement to the East end of Castle Drive at the same time as implementing the 'Waiting' restrictions would greatly enhance
safety. The sketch of the suggestion is attached. Essentially, the view of traffic when requiring to turn left or right onto the North Road
is frequently obscured by vehicles parked 3 deep right up to the corner. One has to creep very slowly onto the North Road to get a
view of the traffic coming North, particularly if a right turn is required. To my knowledge there has been one collision caused by the 3
deep parking and fortunately with no injury but vehicle damage. My suggestion is to allow one vehicle to park in front of the house on
the corner and to point the pavement up to the corner with 'No Parking'. The worst scenario is when a van parkson the corner parallel
1 to the North Road. This problem is clearly seen on site.
Item B - I approve the plans for restricted access to Windsor Crescent (which is too narrow for through traffic). Castle Drive is
becoming a rat run with fast through traffic including large lorries. Ideally this too should have restricted access, but failing that a
20mph speed limit with speed bumps (as in the Highfields estate nearby).
Item C - In Castle Terrace I approve of the parking restrictions on the North side. on the South side there should be limited parking,
preserving residents' sight lines at drive entrances. I have found, when visiting my son there, that getting out of the drives is very
1 difficult and dangerous.
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I would welcome the change or implementation of traffic laws in Castle Terrace and Windsor Crescent. As it is often a problem to
1 access my drive which I use all the time for parking, I have often felt it was similar to a business park at times and very frustrating.
Until the lack of parking spaces at the Railway Station is resolved we are always going to have problems. If this proposal goes ahead
the cars will just move further up Castle Terrace. What about parking on the green site on North Road opposite the Station car parks
with spot checks for rail tickets when they collect the cars. We need to encourage people to use our station not make it more difficult
for them. The more they use it the more trains will stop here. We don't want the service cut back. When people arrive for a train most
don't have time driving around Berwick looking for a space, that's why Castle Terrace is used. I live in Castle Drive and I have people
parking for days even weeks who have obviously gone on holiday and left the car outside my house. People have to park somewhere
1 so lets provide it for them.
1. Not all residents of Castle Terrace were informed of the proposed plans.
2. No access to Castle Drive leaves residents using the junction at the bottom of Castle Terrace without the choice of using the safer
junction at the end of Castle Drive.
3. The parking arrangements in Castle Terrace seem to give little heed to sight lines of residents coming out of their drive into the
4. The parking arrangements seem to show another bottleneck where cars are parked on both sides of Castle Terrace.
5. Perhaps the use of single as well as double yellow lines might allow Castle Terraceto be used for short stay parking whilst
negating the problem of long stay parking.
6. As Castle Terrace is a residential area with the dangers that roadside parking puts on residents could consideration be given to
decreasing the speed limit to 20mph and moving the speed limit sign to nearer the A1 so cars realise that the Terrace is not a
1 derestrictedproposal is ill conceivedand flawed in many regards and as a complete solution to the parking problem is not acceptable.
The overall road.
I will deal with the particulars below. There is indeed a parking problem in Castle Terrace from around its junction with Castle Drive
down to the existing parking controls at its North Road end. This parking problem is caused in the main by users of Berwick Railway
Station who leave their cars parked for a whole day, or in many cases, a number of days and sometimes a number of weeks. The
problem stems from the Railway networks, rail operators' and Councils' failure to provide sufficient off-street parking for these users,
particularly the multiple day ones. The station car park is I believe the only off-street parking in the town where parking for more than
one day is allowed and that car park is normally full. Until this failure is addressed, local residents are forced to accept local roads
being used as a station car park overflow. I understand that a consultants' report considering parking in Berwick has been
commissioned and will be available soon. it seems rather premature to put forward a proposal without sight and consideration of that
report. It seems rather premature to put forward a proposal without sight and consideration of that report. Doing so risks rendering
the cost of the report to residents through their council tax as wasted. it must also jeopardise solutions being part of a co-ordinated
approach to address Berwick's overall parking issues. Before turning to my objections to the details of the proposal, I must raise
three complaints about the nature of the consultation:
- It appears the proposal has been sent to all residents in Castle Drive, Windsor Crescent, Glamis Hill and The Meadows, nonw of
whom would have their freedoms restricted by the proposal. In contrast no attempt appears to have been made by the Council to
send the proposal to residences in cul-de-sacs leading off the top of Castle Drive and the A1. There are some 18 to 20 residences
here whose freedom to use Castle Drive as an access road the proposal removes. Not only must this failure render this consultation
of limited value but it suggests the failure to understand how local roads are used by local residents. (The residences are Castlehills
House and those in The Elms, in the entrance to Castlehill Farm, in Paxton Road and in the triangle between the short stretch of the
Duns Road and Paxton Road. Copyright restrictions prevent me from sending you a copy map. If you are unable to identify the
residences, please send me a map and I will mark them up for you).
- Windsor Crescent is incorrectly referred to as Windsor Terrace. Again while this may have been clerical error. I note also that the
plan enclosed bears a different number to that referred to in the consultation letter.
- The consultation states that it is written ''formally in accordance with regulation 5 of the Local Authorities Orders
(Procedure)(England and Wales) Regulations 1989 (as amended) to ask for your comments regarding the proposal.'' I believe that
you will find that those regulations have been revoked by the Local Authorities' Traffic Orders (Procedure)(England and Wales)
regulations 1996 (SI 1996 No 2489). I now turn to my objections to the details of the proposal and bear in mind that the proposal is
purely to deal with parking. I will deal with them by reference to your itemisation. I apologise in advance for the detail but it appears to
me from the proposal that the Council is not familiar with the roads and junctions concerned nor their use.
ITEM A - A1- You are correct that the existing Residents' Parking is not used to its full potential. The proposal to change this to
Residents' Permit or 2 hours will not achieve better utilisation. As I have indicated, many of those parking are users of the station
who park for more than 2 hours and 2 hours is too short for visitors who wish to walk into town. This item of the proposal is wrong for
1 this reason.
I am a long-time resident of our town, and I am writing to express my view about the recent discussion and the pemding decision to
amend traffic signage along Castle Terrace. I understand that the decision is being considered to enable street widening that will
accomodate traffic and parking. In general whatever is done it will not solve the problem! It will move it somewhere else e.g. North
Road. The problem is lack of long term parking for the station. Additional parking in the Castle area over the tracks from the station
is a solution and you should endeavour along with English heritage, to get Network Rail to move their portacabin to Tweedmouth
Station as already discussed, even suggesting a compulsary purchase if unwilling.
ITEM A - Of the three bays I believethe first two should remain as residents only, however the final bay could be changed to
residents and 2 hour no return parking. Otherwise residents will start parking in Ava Lodge, as they sometimes do already. This
would also allow visitors to Greenwoods Accountants Office on Ava Lodge to short term park. The bay lines should be adjusted to
ensure cars entering Ava Lodge from Berwick are not forced to stop in the centre of the road on a blind corner.
ITEM B - I have no comment on this other than, Windsor Terrace does not exist it is called Windsor Crescent.
ITEM C - Agree with recommendation, however suggest additional lines become single line restricted parking in working hours. Also
1 extend lines on North side of Castle Terrace just past Castle Drive, to prevent parking opposite proposed parking bays.
Whilst I appreciate what you are trying to do for Castle Terrace, you will just be transferring the problem to Castle Drive. Most of the
folk parking are commuters, who either object to paying for the parking or cant find a space. The solution, in my opinion, would be to
progress the parking on the opposite side of the railway line or to make the existing car park a multi storey as it would not be seen by
anyone. Also, who will ensure our road is restricted to residents? Revensdowne in Berwick is used by all as a way to bypass
1 Marygate and no one is stopped.
I have missed the deadline date through absence on business 'family affairs'. I do not like the concept that just because spaces exist
in which vehicles could be parked that they should be utilised, when Castle Terrace is a main thoroughfare (to and from the bypass)
and has restricted visibility at all times - especially nearer to the station. As regards Item B, where will the learner drivers and motor
cyclists and instructors and testers conduct their business? Having any form of parking in Castle Terrace exactly opposite Castle
Drive (which is blind to exiting from Castle Drive because of a rise in Castle Drive to the right) is folly. I will not be the only one, but
1 Windsor Terrace should read ''Windsor Crescent''.
APPENDIX 4 - CONSULTATION SUMMARY
1. Cars parked due to restricted access at Railway Station.
2. Most importantly owners object to paying car park fees!
1. Restricted Access to property on a daily basis.
2. Dangerous access to or from property due to complete lack of vision.
3. Restricted turning points invariably have to turn right to Castlegate.
4. The South side has no pavement hence from no.15 - no.25 the road has been turned into single laned road invariably causing
traffic chaos with obvious safety issues.
5. The street has not been cleaned since Aug/Set.
1. The introduction of parking bays from no.15 - no.33 will still cause a potential traffic issue with restricted vision for access/exit on
South side due to the lack of payment.
1 1. Both sides should have yellow lines.
Windsor Crescent and Castle Terrace should remain open to all vehicles. They are through roads i.e. Not cul-de-sacs or dead ends.
Despite no to Item B, Item A is ok and Item C is ok. No entry to Windsor Crescent except for access is ok. Important to keep Castle
1 Terrace open to all vehicles should remain.