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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Resident calls for parking permits near new Cockermouth hospital

A Cockermouth resident has asked for parking restrictions on a nearby road to be relaxed to allow her to park closer to her home.

Castlegate resident Jane Sheppard said parking restrictions on Isel Road have left her with no choice but to park more than 10 minutes from her property.

The restrictions were introduced in June to increase parking for the new hospital and prevent all-day parking.

Mrs Sheppard, 63, has written to county councillor Eric Nicholson asking for Castlegate residents to be issued with parking permits for the road, making them exempt from two-hour parking restrictions on the road.

She said: “When I bought my property in 2007 I was aware there was no immediate on-street parking but was prepared to accept the need to park within five to 10-minutes walk.

“At that time I could easily find a parking place on the street in Isel Road or in the part of Castlegate Drive where I was not outside someone’s residence.

“I and other residents of Castlegate protested about the impact the two-hour limit in Isel Road was going to have on local residents.”

She said that she could not get around without a car and did not want to pay for a parking permit for a nearby car park unless she could be guaranteed a space.

Coun Nicholson said he was unaware that Castlegate residents had been using Isel Road and would look at the situation when the hospital was open.

He said that if there were still spaces available for residents to use after the new hospital has opened the restrictions could be reviewed in 12 months.

He added that if restrictions on Isel Road were lifted for Castlegate residents, people living on other streets might want the same.

He has agreed to set up a meeting with Castlegate residents to see if a solution to their problems can be found.

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