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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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‘Three-year wait’ for disc parking on Cockermouth street

Residents whose lives have been blighted by parking on a busy Cockermouth road have been told it will be at least three years before it can be considered for disc parking.

People living on Castlegate Drive said motorists used the road as an all-day car park.

Angela Norendal, Eric Holmes and Duncan Kirkpatrick contacted the county council to explain their concerns.

A meeting took place on Tuesday, attended by residents, highways bosses, county councillor Eric Nicholson and the police.

Residents said that parking problems had worsened since two-hour disc parking was introduced on nearby Isel Road and they wanted the same on Castlegate Drive, which is the main route to Cockermouth School.

They were told that disc parking would not happen for at least three years as Cockermouth was not due for a traffic assessment about parking restrictions until then.

Coun Nicholson said: “Every four years a traffic assessment is carried out at each town in Allerdale.

“Cockermouth had one last year and that is when we introduced disc parking on Isel Road.

“Each town has to have its turn due to finances and Cockermouth will get another one in three years.”

He added that when the new hospital opened he expected that traffic problems could reduce.

Mr Holmes, 83, said: “We are very disappointed with the outcome. This is an important issue to everybody on the street.

“We have never said no parking up here but two-hour parking would help us enormously.

“I have been at this for eight years and there has been little or no interest in the problem and nobody trying to help.”

As a temporary measure the county council will introduce H-bars outside homes to try to ease the problem.

They are expected to be installed next month.

Mr Holmes said residents had reluctantly agreed to have them to see if there was any improvement.

Have your say

Maybe Councillor Nicholson should be ex Councillor Nicholson for not forseeing the effects of the Isel Road restrictions

Posted by akr on 24 December 2013 at 08:19

What parking restrictions are in place on Station Street? it seems the Double Yellow lines are ignored!!!

Posted by Witheld on 13 December 2013 at 11:49

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