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Parking changes approved for Keswick

Disc parking is set to be introduced to three streets in Keswick, despite a 57-name petition asking for residents-only parking.

Kenneth Price presented the petition and 14 letters of objection about inconsiderate parking around the Crescent, Headlands and Heads Mount to the county council’s local committee for Allerdale on Friday.

Mr Price, who requested residents-only parking, claimed that quality of life was being affected, the parking was creating a danger to young children and it was hard for emergency services to get access.

He gave the petition to the committee with photographs and accounts of parking problems.

Mr Price said: “All this trouble is affecting our quality of life.

“There are cars parked on pavements blocking access for disabled people and mothers with push chairs.”

Local residents showed support for residents’ permits but a report to the committee said that residents-only parking was only usually implemented in Allerdale in special circumstances; in Harrington residents had given up their own land for the right to park.

Councillors agreed that there was a parking problem but it was feared that the introduction of residents’ parking in Keswick could set a precedent.

Coun Eddie Martin said: “It is unbelievable and it must be frustrating for the residents that they cannot park reasonably close to their own homes.

“Emergency vehicles must be able to get through and the quality of life for the residents must be improved.

“It is important that each application is treated on its merits.”

His comments were supported by Coun Keith Little.

Ron Munby, county councillor for Keswick, supported the residents. He said that the number of tourists visiting Keswick were causing parking problems most of the year.

However, other councillors argued that if disc parking was introduced it would regulate the parking and stop people leaving their cars for the whole day.

Coun Eric Nicholson said: “Residents-only parking wouldn’t alleviate the access problem, but disc parking could control the bad parking.”

Coun Alan Barry agreed that disc parking would be the right solution but said police had to make sure they enforced it.

Coun Joe Holliday mentioned that residents-only parking had been refused in Workington before.

Councillors were presented with two options – either to grant a residents-only permit between 8am and 6pm or to introduce a disc parking zone between 8am to 6pm with waiting limited to two hours.

They voted in favour of the disc parking by five votes to three.

Have your say

The problem is caused by high car parking charges on Council car parks. That doesn't excuse the inconsiderate parking though.

Posted by MFR on 25 November 2012 at 21:59

If the councilors had any sense, and reduced the price of parking permits for people who work in Keswick, then they would not park on the side streets.
At present they only do a short term permit for part time workers.

What about the rest of the people who work in Keswick.

Posted by anon on 25 November 2012 at 14:27

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