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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cumbria council: We can’t afford not to charge anymore

Cumbria County Council remains defiant in the face of public concern, insisting the charges are a necessary measure to help balance its books.

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Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “The county council has made its decision.

“It has consulted on the proposal, it has debated the issue, it has voted to introduce charging and it has built the savings into its budget.

“The time when Cumbria could afford to be one of the few areas in the country not to charge for on-street parking has gone. In a climate where we’re losing one pound in every four we used to have to spend and the equivalent of £200 million a year is being wiped from our budgets by 2018, we need to cover our costs in enforcing parking restrictions.”

Mr Little told the News & Star the decision by the cabinet to defer how and when the parking charges will be introduced is not a sign of hesitation, but to ensure the “right democratic and legal mechanisms” are in place before it is rolled out.

“It was not because there’s any doubt that getting motorists to pay for on-street parking in the highest demand locations is the right thing to do,” he claimed.

“We’re not penalising drivers, we are covering the costs of enforcement. I believe this will make some of the most in-demand parking locations more readily available and encourage people to use off-street parking more sensibly.”

Have your say

If all the motorists got together for one day and refuse to pay the parking fee. When a ticket is issued ask for your day in court. Can you imagine the chaos as everyone who attends and states his/her not guilty/guilty plea. I wonder how long it would take before the law was abolished..
I'm from Silloth

Posted by Herb C on 10 July 2014 at 02:22

At last we are seeing some of the District and Borough Councils standing up, it however beggars belief that ALL the District and Borough Councils have not stood up to this very clear cash cow policy of the county council (CCC)
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/parking-charges-carlisle-council-totally-opposed-eden-threatens-call-in-1.1137169

CCC are scrapping the bottom of the barrel when they resort to methods such as stating:
"councillors argued that not implementing the scheme would hit services designed to protect vulnerable people."
DAVID ATTFIELD V THE LONDON BOROUGH OF BARNET

THE LAW IS EXPLICIT - PARKING CHARGES ARE ABOUT MANAGING CONGESTION, NOT RAISING REVENUE.

Mrs Justice Lang said that the 1984 Road Traffic Regulation Act "IS NOT A FISCAL MEASURE AND DOES NOT AUTHORISE THE AUTHORITY TO USE ITS POWERS TO CHARGE LOCAL RESIDENTS FOR PARKING IN ORDER TO RAISE SURPLUS REVENUE FOR OTHER TRANSPORT PURPOSES".

Posted by edd on 20 May 2014 at 13:34

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