Parking charges alternatives offered by Cumbria Tourism

Ian Stephens, boss of Cumbria Tourism, has offered an alternative solution to on-street parking charges in the county.

Last month the County Council's decision to bring on-street parking to many towns - including Ambleside and Windermere in the Lake District - was confirmed.

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Parking charges are 'very confusing'

The head of Cumbria Tourism, Ian Stephens, has offered an alternative strategy to plans that will introduce on-street parking in 11 towns.

Cumbria County Council says it needs to raise extra revenue by introducing parking costs. But Ian Stephens says there should be one price and method of paying for parking across the Lake District to make it less confusing for tourists.

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South Lakeland Council agree with parking strategy

South Lakeland District Council say they support the idea of an alternative parking strategy for Cumbria.

Ian Stephens, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, suggested a more accessible system. This system could then offer visitors a parking pass for the duration of their stay for a set price, that would entitle them to park anywhere in the National Park.

“South Lakeland District Council supports everything that Ian Stephens says about car parking in Cumbria and it has long been our intention to offer a more coherent parking service.

We are already looking at improvements, for example ways that drivers can buy parking tickets on-line and in advance for a fixed period so that they can relax and know that their parking is paid for, and we are very willing to discuss options with other parking providers.’’

– Cllr Peter Thornton, leader of South Lakeland District Council

Cumbria Tourism joins parking charges controversy

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The boss of Cumbria Tourism has offered an alternative solution to Cumbria County Council's controversial on-street parking charges.

Ian Stephens, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, says the four car park operators in the county should work together to offer a transferable parking ticket.

At the moment car parks are run by the National Park, the National Trust, Cumbria County Council and local district councils.

Last month the County Council's decision to bring on-street parking to many towns - including Ambleside and Windermere in the Lake District - was upheld.

Mr Stephens suggests a more accessible system might be to offer visitors a parking pass for the duration of their stay for a set price that would entitle them to park anywhere in the National Park.

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