PRUDHOE town councillors clashed over proposals to build a new car park at one of the town’s allotments.

The proposal to build a car park at Stoney Flatts allotments was discussed during a debate on the town council’s budget for the upcoming year.

Around £15,000 had been earmarked to build a car park at the site, but councillors raised concerns over who would use the car park.

Coun. Bryan Futers said: “There’s no way we’re going to stop people using that car park.

“The new Little Kingdom nursery will mean that it will get used by parents using that.

“We’re putting £15,000 in there for something we can’t control and I can’t support that.

“There’s never been parking there and the traffic has been reduced by the bypass.

“Then you have Edgewell and Castle Dene, who will want one as well. Are we going to put the money in for them too? It’s a recipe for disaster.”

Concerns over the cost of the scheme were also raised.

But Coun. Tracy Gilmore disputed the fact that that parents from the nursery would use the car park.

She said: “Little Kingdom has an express drop-off round the back.

“You can’t stop them but you would hope they would use the drop-off area rather than cross the busy road.”

The council eventually voted down the proposal by seven votes to five.