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Full Report: Consultation on Cockermouth parking row

Traders in a town in West Cumbria have warned that introducing parking charges could cause many businesses that are already struggling in the tough economic climate to close.

Cockermouth is one of a number of towns where the County Council is proposing to get rid of the current free disc parking scheme as they say it costs them too much to run.

Hundreds of traders and shoppers have signed a petition against the idea.

Samantha Parker reports.

High streets in Cumbria "surviving by the skin of their teeth"

Traders in a west Cumbrian town have warned that introducing parking charges could cause many businesses that are already struggling in the tough economic climate to close.

Cockermouth is one of a number of towns where the County Council is proposing to get rid of the current free disc parking scheme as they say it costs them too much to run it.

Hundreds of traders and shoppers have signed a petition against the idea.

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Council respond to criticism over parking proposals

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.”

Consultation on Cockermouth parking proposals

Cockermouth traders are urging shoppers to get behind them and voice their opinions on proposals to introduce on street parking charges.

Currently the town operates a Disc system on its main shopping streets giving visitors and shopped an hours free parking.

The County Council is consulting on plans to introduce payment instead though no details have been decided.

They argue it currently costs them to implement the disc scheme.

They currently need to find £24.4 million pounds of savings and say the metre system would pay for itself.

"We get a lot of repeat visitors with children who are popping in to spend their pocket money.

"The mums and dads won't want to pay for the parking charges.

"This is very unfair especially when we are just getting back on feet after the floods."

– Sharron Branthwaite from the Cockermouth Sweet Shop

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