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More than £4 million parking profits for councils in Cumbria

Local authorities in Cumbria made big profits from parking charges. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Local authorities in Cumbria made more than £4 million from parking charges last year.

Figures from the RAC Foundation found South Lakeland made the biggest surplus in the county.

But Cumbria County Council was one of the few authorities in the country that didn't make a profit.

The figures were calculated by adding up income from parking charges and penalty notices, and then deducting the running costs.

  • South Lakeland - £2,363,000
  • Allerdale - £1,206,000
  • Carlisle - £510,000
  • Copeland - £188,000
  • Eden - £89,000
  • Cumbria County Council - lost £338,000

Council backtracks on on-street parking

New on-street parking charges will NOT be introduced to Cumbria. Credit: PA

Charges for on-street parking and residents’ parking permits will not be introduced across Cumbria.

During the consultation process concerns were raised about the current enforcement process. It was felt that Cumbria County Council could have left itself open to legal challenges.

“It is clear that there are strong concerns about enforcement in both on-street parking and residents’ permits. We agree. That’s why we’re bringing this back in house.

“The consultation also brought out concerns about the legality of Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders for the introduction of on-street parking charges. The law is less clear here so we sought additional external legal opinion. Counsel’s opinion suggests that we could be open to legal challenge and if we want to proceed we would have to consult again by means of ordinary Traffic Regulation Orders.

“I have discussed this option and the findings of the consultation with the Leader of the council and I have decided not to introduce on-street parking charges at this time.

“It has also emerged that the policies on the issuing of residents’ permits across the county have been inconsistent. This raises questions about fairness. So my decision is to keep things as they are until we can carry out a proper review,”

– Jim Savege, Corporate Director for Environment and Community Services

“I support the Director in his decisions. Having asked local people for their views on these matters, we must listen to them. Charges without robust enforcement undermine the legitimacy of the policy.”

“Whilst we can’t say that this will never come back at some stage – given the financial pressures caused by government cuts, I can say that we have no immediate plans to do so and any proposals in the future would be preceded by further public consultation.”

– Stewart Young, Leader of the Council

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Free parking in Carlisle city centre on three sundays to boost Christmas trade

The city council will not charge for parking in the 11 car parks that it manages all day on December 7, 14 and 21.

The move, announced today, is on top of the so-called free after three initiative that will operate on Thursdays between November 13 and December 18.

Council deputy leader Elsie Martlew, who holds the authority’s brief for the environment, has brought the scheme into play, which will cost less than £35,000, under powers she holds.

The city council-managed car parks involved in the initiative. Credit: ITV Border News

Consultation for on-street parking charges ends today

Parking charges in parts of Cumbria Credit: PA

A consultation on the introduction of on-street parking charges in parts of Cumbria comes to and end today.

The controversial move is expected be introduced in several town across the county.

Cumbria County Council says the consultation was not to ask what people think of the move, but to find out where the new parking metres should be located and how much will be charged.

Placards for parking charges

Dozens of people have attended the protest Credit: ITV News Border

Around 45 traders and supporters made their feelings known about plans to introduce on-street parking charges around their businesses on Corporation Road in the city centre

Cumbria County Council is set to introduce charges in town centres across the county. It says it needs to, after being forced to save millions of pounds due to cuts from central Government.

Hannah McNulty spoke to Councillor Keith Little earlier about the traders protesting.

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