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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

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Council couple lead Maryport parking charge fight

“Parking charges will kill off trade in Maryport.”

That was the warning issued to county councillors yesterday.

Maryport town councillors Angela and Peter Kendall spoke out against plans to introduce on-street parking charges at a meeting of the county council’s Allerdale local committee.

The county council has decided that 11 towns, including Maryport, are suitable for parking meters.

The on-street pay meters, along with new resident parking permit charges, should save £24.4m in this financial year in the face of Government cuts. The council needs to save £80 million over three years.

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Coun Angela Kendall said: “Parking charges for shoppers will kill off trade to all businesses in the town.”

She said that alterations to Senhouse Street over the past 15 years had already made it difficult for motorists wanting to shop.

Mr Kendall added: “I know the government financial cuts are drastic but I beg you please do not introduce this policy.”

He said the town council had not been given enough time to raise objections during a consultation.

Coun Keith Little, cabinet member for highways and councillor for Maryport south, said the county council received a letter from the town council in December acknowledging the consultation and he understood the cuts had been debated by town councillors on December 9.

He said 17 responses had been received from Maryport out of a total of 1,300 responses during the consultation, with 50 per cent agreeing with the proposals, 37 per cent disagreeing and 12.5 per cent being neutral.

He was aware of traffic problems on Senhouse Street and he was meeting with the relevant organisations to try to resolve them.

Details of which Maryport streets could get parking meters have not yet been drawn up.

Have your say

You are damned if you do and damned if you don't Mike. I am sure Maryport Town Coucil have vacancies. Perhaps you should use your vision and put your papers in to stand?

Posted by Pickle on 13 August 2014 at 15:21

Howdy y,awl .I would happily pay ten dollars just to park at my favourite butchers to stock up on the superb low fat sausage . Yessirree .

Posted by arthur chance on 3 August 2014 at 02:03

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