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Cockermouth parking row

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

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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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