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New parking options reviewed in Kendal town centre

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Alternative parking options are being discussed in Kendal today, ahead of the closure of a popular piece of land used for free parking in the town.

Vehicles will soon be banned from parking on the New Road site on safety grounds, by South Lakeland District Council.

It has been used as an unofficial free car park for up to 180 vehicles.

Councillors are meeting today to discuss alternative parking offers it can put in place for drivers who would use the New Road site.

The proposals going forward are:

  • Westmorland Shopping Centre to extend opening hours until 9pm.
  • South Lakeland House car park to open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Sunday tariffs on all levels at South Lakeland House car park adjusted to 20p per hour, up to a maximum of £1 for over 4 hours.
  • Charging hours on South Lakeland House car park to change from current 8am-6pm to 8.30am to 5.30pm.
  • £1 a day parking on Blackhall Road surface car park if ticket purchased before 7am, seven days a week.
  • Permit parking for market traders on Sandes Avenue only Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Sandes Avenue car park to be made 20p per hour, up to a maximum of £1 for over 4 hours on non-market days.
  • Visitor parking bays removed at South Lakeland House car park, to increase parking capacity.

We were always aware that the closure of New Road to vehicles would result in extra pressure on parking in the town, and there was a concern that motorists currently using New Road would seek to find alternative parking that could result in parking problems in residential areas.

“To address this we approved the £1 all-day offer at the Westmorland Shopping Centre and asked officers to look at other parking options to mitigate the effect.

“We have listened carefully to the feedback we have received from residents, market traders, worshippers at town centre churches, taxi drivers and shift workers as well as commuters and we have met with many users of New Road over the past week to understand their situations.

“Some of these measures will be for an initial trial period and we will continue to monitor the situation, but it is certainly the Leader’s wish that, subject to review, these offers will continue until any new long-term parking facility is developed.’’

– Councillor Graham Vincent, portfolio holder for the Economy