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Carlisle poised for city centre parking shake-up

A proposed shake-up of parking in Carlisle’s historic quarter will cut congestion – but disabled motorists will face tighter restrictions.

Motorists and shopkeepers are being told that the new regime will not mean fewer on-street disc spaces.

But highways experts who have drawn up plans for a “restricted” parking zone say it will stop disabled motorists from parking “inappropriately” in the area for up to three hours on double yellow lines as they can legally do.

Cumbria County Council’s Carlisle local committee has yet to debate the scheme for streets around the Cathedral and Tullie House Museum.

Under the proposed new scheme, parking would be allowed only in designated spaces, allowing “unsightly” yellow lines to be removed.

The proposed change would most affect disabled “blue-badge holders.”

Without yellow lines, they would have to use marked parking spaces, just like other motorists, although some spaces would be reserved for disabled use.

A report to the committee, which meets on Friday, says: “Existing arrangements are such that many drivers ignore yellow-line restrictions and park in inappropriate locations, often using blue badges.

“This results in obstructions to traffic and detracts from the appearance of this historic part of the city.

“The proposals would ensure that parking took place only in the designated locations, which will be indicated using signs and lines as at present. They will enable the removal of yellow lines and associated signs thus enhancing the appearance of the area.”

Councillors are expected to launch an informal consultation of businesses and residents with a view to bringing in the changes next year.

The city council is behind the scheme, which has to be implemented by the county council as 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, the councils say, they will create new disc spaces in Paternoster Row and Annetwell Street to offset those lost by the creation of dedicated disabled spaces elsewhere. Overall, there should be an increase in on-street parking provision.

Malcolm Huddart, whose wife Suzanne runs Alice Fashions, a boutique in Castle Street, was a vocal opponent of the original proposal and is adamant that any new plans must not reduce free disc parking. He said: “We know the majority of our customers are women, some of them elderly.

“Those that are drivers want to park within easy walking distance of the shop. Any reduction in disc parking would damage business.”

JWhittle@cngroup.co.uk

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In reply to the above comment.The money that pays for cars that are purchased/leased to drivers on the mobility scheme is deducted every month from the recipients D.L.A. So who is really paying,the hardworking tax payer or person in receipt of D.L.A?

Posted by A Blenkinsop on 18 September 2012 at 08:16

Please would people stop writing comments about disabled people and subjects they know absolutely nothing about. I am disabled and I can carry some shopping for short distances, but i am not severe enough to qualify for motobility. To qualify, the disabled person should be in receipt of the higher rate D.L.A. This allowance helps toward their mobility.
Contrary to what this person, A Blenkinsop 15 September 2012 believes, (wrongly I may add) These vehicles are paid for by the person themselves. If you suspect anyone report them. I do. The new blue badge should detect those who abuse this worthy system.

Posted by L Stewart on 17 September 2012 at 21:32

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