Ian spoke to Keith Little, who is the cabinet member for Highways & Transportation at Cumbria County Council, and put it to him that introducing parking charges could sound the death-knell for business in the High Streets.
Cumbria County Council have issued a full statement in response to criticism from local businesses in Cockermouth over proposals to introduce parking charges in the town.
“The national reduction in funding for local authorities effectively means the county council is losing one in every four which it used to receive to pay for local services.
“As part of the county council’s budget savings consultation, the council is asking people for their views on a series of propositions which include a proposal to introduce targeted on-street parking charges in some built up areas.
“Some areas of Cumbria suffer from traffic congestion and capacity issues with on-street parking availability. The council knows this through its own traffic monitoring information and from Cumbrian residents telling us they would like improved parking controls.
“Cumbria is in a small minority of local authorities which currently do not charge for on-street parking. Most introduced this long ago and its beneficial impact on traffic flow is proven.
“If this measure was adopted in Cumbria, the council would focus its use on high-street and retail areas in town centres where parking is at known to be at a premium. Implementation would be done at local level through Traffic Regulation Orders.
“It is important for people to use the consultation have their say on this, and other savings propositions. This can be done online at www.cumbria.gov.uk/ourfuture or by picking up a copy of the consultation document from local libraries.”