Petition launched over plan for on-street parking charges
Last updated at 12:48, Friday, 01 November 2013
Plans to introduce on-street parking charges to Cockermouth would be the death of the town, a leading county councillor has warned.
The town’s chamber of trade has also written to the county council and launched a petition against the proposal.
Cumbria County Council is investigating cash savings that include a possible introduction of parking fees.
But Cockermouth county councillor Eric Nicholson said: “It will be the death knell of town centre shopping. It is an unnecessary cost and it would be years before it started to pay for itself.”
He added that he was working with his county colleague Alan Kennon to fight the plans.
Jonty Chippendale, chamber of trade chairman, said: “It is a ridiculous idea and will only harm businesses.
“Parking has been a major issue in the last 10 years in driving people out of town centres. Everybody is against it and we hope common sense will prevail.”
Ralph Huddart, owner of RTSN Huddart Supplies, said: “It will have a negative effect on Cockermouth. You may as well put a sign up to say ‘shut’.”
The county council said that if charges were introduced the fine detail would be worked out at “a local level”, backed up by detailed investigations into parking issues.
It is investigating charges in areas with towns and populations similar to Cumbria.
Julie Watson, owner of Cockermouth Sweet Shop, said: “Parking is bad enough without introducing these charges.”
Catherine Hetherington, owner of The New Bookshop, said: “If we were charged for an hour it would stop people coming in.”
William Myers, owner of Let’s Write card and gift shop, said: “The disc system works fine.”
Areas to have already introduced charges include Durham, 40p to £1 for an hour, Newcastle, 30p to £2.40, Harrogate, £1.20 to £1.40, and Lancaster, £1.20.
A county council spokesman said the council’s budget savings consultation was asking people for views.
He said: “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.”
First published at 12:43, Friday, 01 November 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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So whilst Cumbria propose to start charging and deter customers, Hexham are proposing the opposite - see -
http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk/news/hexham-free-parking-boost-for-town-1.1098168 - a move to free parking with parking discs, they system that currently exists in Cumbria. Why - for the same reasons all the traders oppose Cumbria County Council.
although I don't disagree entirely with this idea if its a way of saving money though I suggest we stop the regular trips to Marvejols because has far as I know these are paid for out of council funds/tax payers money!
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