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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Car park fees frozen in bid to boost town centre trade

A freeze in council car parking charges has been announced.

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PLAN TO FREEZE CAR PARK COSTS: Alan Smith, leader of Allerdale council

Allerdale council’s executive agreed to freeze the charges for the first time in four years at a meeting this week.

Pay and display car parks in Workington which will see their prices held steady from April include Brow Top, Central, Elizabeth Street, Horse Close, Ladies Walk and Udale Street.

The pledge from council leader Alan Smith comes amid growing concern that Workington town centre traders are losing out on business as shoppers go elsewhere.

Coun Smith said: “Our car parks do make revenue for the council, but due to the economic climate it was almost a false economy to keep raising the charges for motorists.

“We need to protect all our town centres and independent traders.

“If there’s one way we can do this, it’s by making it more attractive for people to come into the town centres and spend locally.”

The recommendation has to be ratified by the full Allerdale council next month, but Coun Smith said he was confident it would be approved.

Coun Smith added: “There’s no point trying to milk a cash cow for the sake of it.

“Everyone is tightening their belts, including Allerdale council, and we need to show common sense.”

Dave Fletcher, development manager of Workington’s Washington Square complex, said: “It’s a great idea and shows the council is thinking about the bigger picture.

“It’s the right thing to do and hopefully will make a difference to the traders.”

Mark Armstrong, owner of Armstrong Angling Ltd, South William Street, said: “It can only help traders in the town.

“The charges are pretty expensive, which has put off a lot of shoppers.

“It’s very quiet in town at the moment so hopefully this will give a boost and encourage shoppers to come back.”

Have your say

@Mark - just travel (for example) to Barnard Castle - a busy thriving market town - to find out their parking charges. You'll find they are ZILCH and look at the place - it's heaving all day every day.

Yes, I know it's a few miles away, but it's the first place I could think of that is actually outside the Allerdale zone.

Posted by R Molehusband on 20 February 2013 at 10:17

@John. Firstly, Poundstretcher is not a "pound shop" and neither is Home Bargains!! How can Workington be expected to rival a city for shopping? On the whole Workingtons got it about right, at least you can buy day to day essentials cheaply enough. Maryport would benefit from having a look at Workingtons development. As for parking, why do motorists think they own the roads? In my view, on street parking should be banned full stop. Theres plenty of car parks in town within spitting distance of all the shops and if you can afford to run a car you can surely afford to park the thing.

Posted by Rod on 20 February 2013 at 10:14

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