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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Carlisle's county councillors back on-street parking charges

Controversial on-street parking charges will be introduced in Carlisle after local councillors this morning voted in favour.

Pressure had been on the Carlisle Local Committee to stand against the charges, which have attracted widespread opposition.

But following a heated debate, members voted to go ahead with the introduction - with eight votes in favour, seven against and two councillors refusing to take part in the vote.

They also agreed to set the charge at £1.20 an hour.

A formal consultation will now begin, after which the charges would be introduced on a trial basis for 18 months.

Have your say

Carlisle is the county's administrative capital and the only City for many miles in any direction. Cumbrian's living out of town often combine business visits to offices in town with shopping and visits to restaurants & bars thereby adding to the tourist activity, bringing considerable spending power into the city. I fail to see the logic in reducing peoples access to the city centre, by charging for street parking while large out of town stores have free parking. City centre shops will become less attractive if you can't load your shopping nearby and I believe many will go out of business. As a small business owner on the fringes of the city, I object vehemently to these parking charge even though I do not drive myself and use public transport. There is currently FREE street parking outside Kates Guest House B&B Carlisle and I hope that this continues. If parking charges are imposed outside my premises, I will have no alternative but to join the ranks of the unemployed and I think I will not be the only one.

Posted by Kate Dawes on 3 August 2014 at 11:16

Cyril, as residents in a parking zone we will have to pay for permits to park not outside our homes but just in the vicinity as will everybody who lives in,a permit zone no matter how far away they are from town.unlike some other areas of the town we have not been given residents only zones. And before you jump On "the you choose to live there bandwagon" if they can do it to us they can do it to you just because you live on an estate out of town it doesn't make you safe! And really annoyed business man the count was done about 3 yrs ago and is on going.. As for living in the city centre who do you think it is who uses local shops and recommends them to tourists etc yes those very residents that you are slagging off....we've never had an issue with trying to promote local shops etc but don't forget we also put alot of money into town centre shops AND some of us are putting alot of time effort and money into making the area attractive residents breath life into what after 5pm would be an empty desolate area... And if your business is failing maybe it your own attitude to customers that needs to be looked at!

Posted by city centre resident on 28 July 2014 at 22:39

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