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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