Controversial on-street parking charges have been approved by Cumbria County Council's cabinet. It's despite objections from traders who say it will be bad for business. The Council says it was left with no choice because of central Government cuts. Hannah McNulty reports.
Controversial on-street parking charges have been approved by Cumbria County Council despite huge opposition.
Some people are opposed to the scheme as they believe it could be bad for business by discouraging visitors to park nearby but the Coucil say they need the money for parking enforcement.
Mark Oxley, owner of the shop 'Games Without Borders', thinks it will be extra cost for motorists:
The 11 places set to be affected are Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal, Barrow, Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport, Keswick, Cockermouth, Windermere and Bowness and Ambleside.
The Council has to save millions of pounds due to cuts from central Government and says it had no choice but to make the decision.
Cllr Keith Little, Labour Cabinet Member for Highways told ITV News "it's not about paying for a full hour, there will be an hour or two hours restriction in some areas but you can pay for 15 or 20 minutes and then just move on so it's not a huge financial burden."
Free parking could come to an end in most of Cumbria as a meeting is held to discuss how to introduce charges.
Eleven towns have been deemed suitable, including Carlisle, Penrith and Workington. Cumbria Council plan to join many other counties that require payment in popular towns and cities. It's hoped that this will also reduce congestion.
The charge will be introduced due to a shortfall in the Council's budget.