PERMIT: Defence of price hike beggars belief

I would like to add my support to the many voices raised in protest at the council’s extortionate increase in the Foreshore Permit cost.

I believe the council wanted to get rid of this much-valued permit and it has effectively done so by pricing it so high, while being able to maintain that it is still available.

The comments attributed to Councillor Harrison, cabinet member responsible for transport, beggar belief.

How on earth does £250 for the permit represent “excellent value for money”? How on earth does not restricting the permit to a single vehicle possibly constitute “greater flexibility to permit holders”?

All current permits are assigned to single vehicles. I suspect, like me, most current holders do not own several vehicles whose use they will be thrilled to rotate for dog-walking purposes.

Perhaps council officials should read their statements out aloud to check for asinine resonance before airing them to an increasingly disenchanted electorate.

I shall not be renewing my permit as I cannot afford to do so. I shall instead park in residential streets near to the coast.

On a final note, might I, half-seriously, suggest that disgruntled permit holders make A4 notices in protest. Do not, of course, attach them to council parking signs as doing so probably carries some form of death penalty. Rather, place them inside your car when using the coast car parks.

A suggested form of words might be: “Fellow residents/visitors – tired of paying extortionate parking charges? Your four hours stay here has cost you £3.20, which could have bought you three litres of fuel, enough for return trips to Hartley, Seaton Sluice and Blyth, where there are beaches, dunes, pubs, cafes and take-aways – and you can stay all day for free in their car parks. Why not Newbiggen and Morpeth too?”

Unlike our council’s policy, you know it makes sense.