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Bar owner calls for free car parking in Carlisle

A business owner thinks council bosses should make some of Carlisle’s car parks and streets free after a certain time of day.

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Sam Norman

Sam Norman, who owns The Shabby Scholar bar in Carlyles Court, was issued with a £35 parking ticket last Sunday afternoon after he stopped to unload items into his bar.

He said: “I’d parked opposite the cathedral in a loading bay. It was a Sunday afternoon – relatively quiet – and when I came back I’d been given a ticket. It’s ridiculous.

“The parking wardens in Carlisle are the biggest joke ever. A little independent business cannot load or unload or a Sunday afternoon for 10 minutes without getting a ticket, but some of the national firms, that deliver to the market, can block the area with a lorry and they get off. It’s an absolute joke of a system.

“In places like York, parking is free after 3pm. I think they should do the same in Carlisle. The council wants to increase the footfall in the city yet they penalise people with high tariffs. An hour’s free parking on a disc just isn’t enough.”

Mr Norman, who lives in Stanwix, said it was not the first time he’d had a parking ticket.

“I’ve had about three or four tickets and I know my mum has had about five. James Hill, who owns Bijou, has also had tickets. It’s completely unfair. If I get a parking ticket then the profit I’ve made for the day is gone,” he said. Mr Norman also expressed concerns since council bosses made Fisher Street two-way.

He said: “It’s just an accident waiting to happen. Drivers don’t realise it’s two way and when the lorries are blocking West Tower Street the traffic builds up and it’s hard to see if something is coming round the corner. I’ve seen so many near misses.”

The county council has opted to bring in on-street charges in 11 towns and cities including Carlisle, Cockermouth, Keswick, Maryport, Whitehaven and Workington. Campaigners have launched a petition against the charges.

Retailers and business owners have voiced their opposition to the plans as part of the News & Star’s Keep Our Streets Free campaign.

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Well done richard hardy and albert...brain wash complete !

Posted by John on 1 June 2014 at 10:10

The Carlisle City centre is becoming grid-locked. I totally agree with parking charges. I think that if more people like myself when visiting Carlisle park on the outskirts of town and use the excellent bus services that gets us into the city centre. Bring in a congestion charge.

Posted by richard hardy on 21 May 2014 at 06:56

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