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Keswick parking charge rise met with 4,000 protest signatures

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Businesses in Keswick have gathered almost 4,000 signatures on a petition asking Allerdale Borough Council not to raise car parking charges.

The council has proposed lowering charges in places like Maryport and raising them in Keswick, to make £3.5million worth of savings and to encourage more people to use long-stay car parks.


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

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.


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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