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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Carlisle disc zones may disappear in parking shake-up

Disc zone restrictions could be lifted in parts of Carlisle as part of a shake-up of residents’ parking zones, to be unveiled next month.

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Cumbria County Council set up a task group in May to review traffic-regulation orders to make them less complicated and easier to enforce.

Officials believe some parking zones are too big, making the rules difficult to enforce.

The group’s findings will be the subject of a consultation at the end of October.

It will be timed to coincide with another consultation on parking in the historic quarter.

The proposal here is to create a ‘restricted parking zone’ in the area around Tullie House including Abbey Street, Castle Street, Fisher Street, Annetwell Street, Finkle Street and Paternoster Row.

Officials say this will stop disabled blue-badge holders from parking “inappropriately” for up to three hours on double yellow lines, as they can do legally at present.

Parking would be allowed only in designated spaces, allowing “unsightly” yellow lines to be removed.

Carlisle City Council is behind the scheme, which has to be implemented by Cumbria County Council because the county is the highways authority.

An earlier Carlisle Renaissance plan to limit on-street disc parking was dropped following protests from businesses who complained they would lose trade.

This time, officials say, there will be no reduction in on-street parking spaces.

The county’s Carlisle local committee have given the go ahead for the consultation, despite misgivings from some councillors.

Conservative Liz Mallinson said: “We have already consulted [on the Renaissance proposal] and it was a terrible and tortuous experience last time.

“It raises a second issue that comes up on a regular basis at forums and surgeries about disabled parking, and the lack of it. It’s got so bad sometimes that people say they can’t use the shopping centre any more.”

Any changes to parking in the historic quarter and the disc zones would come in next year.

Have your say

Anon - I agree, there are the few who spoil it for the rest of us - like with anything in life. And if people didn't abuse the system then perhaps there wouldn't be so many assumptions and judgement. What I object to on this forum is that the posters seem to think its a privelege to have a blue badge rather than a necessity - like I say with my nan we not only need the room disabled bays provide but the proximity to ensure she doesn't get tired easily and collapse.

I also fee like these posters are like the guy I saw in M&S car park that time - as if we have to answer to them because they pay tax. I absolutely believe blue badge holders should answer to no one except the authorities.

One thing we never personally do is park on double yellows - they are there for a reason and there is usually disabled bays free so there's rarely a need to.

Posted by Char on 25 September 2012 at 14:56

re richards comment about free car,free tax free insurance.
i have blue badge,iget dla higher rate instead of claiming money ichoose to have a car which costs me app £200 per month

Posted by bob on 25 September 2012 at 11:07

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