Parking fees to fund upgrades for three parks

A section of Plessey Woods Country Park.
A section of Plessey Woods Country Park.

Plans to improve Plessey Woods Country Park have been put forward – and it is proposed to fund the upgrade via car-parking charges.

Northumberland County Council is proposing to improve and extend the children’s play area, as well as general improvements to some sections of paths and visitor information at the visitor centre.

It is part of an almost £1million scheme to improve Plessey Woods, as well as Druridge Bay Country Park and Bolam Lake Country Park elsewhere in the county.

In order to pay for this investment, it is proposed that parking charges will be reintroduced at the three sites, although the first hour would be free of charge.

All-day parking would cost £3, while up to two hours would be £1.60. Season permits valid in all three parks would cost £35.

Council leader Peter Jackson said: “The fact that these country parks are valued by residents and visitors is evidenced by the great increase in the numbers of visitors over the last few years.

“The existing facilities have suffered from neglect for a number of years and we want to turn that around.

“These country parks all have their own unique character and are fantastic places to visit, but it’s important they offer the very best experience to visitors.

“We’re proposing a major investment of almost £1million to carry out a range of work.

“A number of visitor access improvements will also be carried out at other country parks across the county, including upgrading paths and car parks.”

The plans will be considered by the council’s decision-making cabinet later this month.