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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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People back cut price parking for low earners

People in Cockermouth have given a resounding thumbs up to the idea of cut price car parking permits for low paid workers.

Last week, Allerdale council agreed that workers in Cockermouth and Keswick who earn less than £13,000 a year will be able to buy an annual permit for £140 instead of the normal £290.

The scheme will initially run for six months on Sullart Street and Wakefield Road car parks in Cockermouth and Otley Road and Central car parks in Keswick.

It is hoped the cut price car parking will mean more workers who could not afford to use the car parks previously would now be able to.

Cockermouth and Keswick were chosen for the trial because they have more low-paid seasonal workers than other towns.

Anyone wishing to buy a discounted permit has to provide proof of income with a P60.

If it is a success in Cockermouth and Keswick, Allerdale council said it would investigate rolling it out to other towns.

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