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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Rethink on West Cumbrian town's 30-minute parking

Parking bosses are considering a rethink over controversial 30-minute parking restrictions in Workington town centre.

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ROAD RAGE: Workington traders who are unhappy about the 30-minute disc parking regulations, from left, Alan Moore, of Intrim Gym, Alison Short, of Alison's Attic, and Graeme Cameron, of Sole it, Lock it

It comes after pressure from traders and Allerdale council’s town centre area manager.

Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham wrote to the county council on behalf of businesses who claimed that trade was being hit.

Council chief executive Jill Stannard confirmed in response that there were plans for a public exhibition and consultation in the Carnegie Theatre to address concerns.

She said this would enable the council to amend waiting restrictions “subject to funding being available”.

The introduction of a half-hour parking limit in Murray Road and Finkle Street was introduced in 2007.

Toni Magean, Allerdale council’s Workington town centre area manager, said: “Having listened to concerns from traders I raised the issues with the county highways team on their behalf.

“I understand that highways officers are considering meeting privately with traders.”

Carol Lister, manager of W Gourlay Perfumery and Gift Shop on Finkle Street, said: “It is encouraging that the county council is considering changing the restriction. We would welcome one or two hour parking.

“Our customers have all said how disgusted they are that they’ve very little time to park and shop.”

Natasha Wallace, manager of Craig Travel Agents, Finkle Street, said: “Sometimes customers need more than half an hour to book a holiday.”

Lyndsey Archer, 32, manager of The Cutting Co on South William Street, said some customers had resorted to parking on streets quite far away to give them more time in the salon.

Alan Moore, of Intrim Fitness Centre, said his trade was down alarmingly because of half-hour parking.

Leigh Richardson, manager of electrical shop Peter Tyson in Finkle Street, added: “In our business, people don’t make two-minute decisions.”

Drivers also expressed their dismay at the restrictions.

Kim Cape, 28, of Corporation Road, Workington, said: “It puts unnecessary pressure on you, especially if you have young kids with you.”

Derek Smith, 36, of Salterbeck Road, Workington, said: “Shopping should be something that’s fun and not a stressful experience.”

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