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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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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.

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.”

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