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Parking charges divide opinion in Carlisle

Dozens of streets in Carlisle could soon be subject to on-street parking charges.

The County Council wants to enforce the fees across Cumbria and says charges are necessary amid budget cuts.

Some traders say it will harm their businesses because they don't think people will pay to park, but others have welcomed the move as a way to ease congestion.

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Controversy over Carlisle parking charges

Parking has been a problem in the town for some time Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council's plans to introduce on-street parking charges are dividing opinion in Carlisle city centre.

The majority of business in the historic quarter are opposing the plans on the grounds it will put off customers.

The move could see new on-street parking charges implemented Credit: ITV Border

However, people who live in the area are backing the move because the think it will ease congestion.

New spaces to tackle parking crisis at hospital

Almost 500 new spaces are to be created to ease the parking crisis at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Parking has been a problem outside the hospital for some time Credit: ITV News

Bosses are also looking at how they can prevent similar problems at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, where parking is set to be reduced temporarily as part of the redevelopment.

The newly-unveiled plans will see two parts of the Carlisle site developed to provide patient and staff parking.

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Full Report: Staff angry at Hospital's new parking rules

NHS managers are being accused of ignoring the needs of staff, in a row over parking spaces at Borders General Hospital.

Two of the hospital's main car parks have become short-stay only - and the local health board say that change is now permanent. Staff say it's left them with nowhere safe to park.

Jenny Longden reports:

Hospital traffic has 'huge potential for an accident'

People living by the Borders General Hospital are concerned at the increasing amount of traffic in the ares since changes to the hospital's parking have come into force.

Some members of hospital staff have been parking in Darnick.

"Normally there wouldn't be any cars here at all, so the volume of cars has dramatically increased. There is lots of people of a morning who is actually struggling to find a place, driving around moving, this is a route school children use safely to school, this is a bus route as well. Buses are having to reverse, I have heard, and actually can't get up and down easily. So there is a huge potential for an accident".

– Bridget Khursheed, Chair of Darnick Village Trust

Hospital parking is 'easier and safer for patients'

NHS Borders says its new parking arrangements at Borders General Hospital are permanent, despite complaints from staff.

Workers at the hospital have started parking on grass verges and in nearby villages to avoid fines after two of the hospital's six car parks were turned into short stay areas.

They've also started a social media campaign.

Hospital bosses say the changes make parking easier and safer for patients.

Calum Campbell, Chief Executive at NHS Borders spoke with ITV Border:

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