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Fines warning as new parking rules come into force in Carlisle city centre

Drivers are being warned they could be fined if they flout new parking rules in part of Carlisle city centre.

Annetwell Street photo
Current parking in Annetwell Street

A new restricted zone covering the historic core area comes into force on Monday, meaning changes to where people can park and load.

Carlisle City Council insists the shake-up, which prevents parking or waiting anywhere other than in marked bays in Fisher Street, Market Street, St Mary’s Gate, Annetwell Street, Abbey Street, Paternoster Row and most of Castle Street and West Walls, is about enhancing the area.

Plans were met with a mixed response by traders – some concerned about the potential impact on their businesses – ahead of the legal order approving the change being cleared by the highways authority.

The new rules will also bring to an end a parking free-for-all along Annetwell Street.

City council deputy leader Elsie Martlew said: “The new highways improvements aim to enhance parking provision within the city centre. There will be extra disc zone places, disabled parking spaces and loading bays. Anyone parking or loading in the city centre should stick to the designated areas or risk receiving a parking fine.

“Double yellow and single yellow lines are in the process of being removed and signage will be in place highlighting the new area covered by the restricted parking zone.”

From Monday,

  • Parking and loading will be restricted to designated areas. If a length of street has no signs or markings then parking and loading is not permitted by any vehicle, including disabled drivers.
  • Extra disabled parking bays will be open in Fisher Street, Paternoster Row, St Mary’s Gate, Castle Street and West Walls – increasing from 11 spaces to 25.
  • An increased number of one-hour disc parking spaces – 69 compared to 58 – will soon be available in Abbey Street, Castle Street, Finkle Street and Annetwell Street. Blue badge holders can park indefinitely but must display their badge.
  • Loading bays will be in Market Street, Fisher Street, Finkle Street, Castle Street, Annetwell Street, Abbey Street, St. Mary’s Gate and Paternoster Row.
  • A parking area for motorcycles has also been created in Castle Street.
Have your say

Who do these councils (and councillors) think they are? Only a court has the power to levy a fine.
No-one will be 'fined', they'll be issued a Penalty Charge Notice in accordance with some strict guidelines. I'll bet that NONE will be issued legally initially, because the left hand hasn't a clue what the right hand is doing.

Posted by Mark on 30 June 2014 at 14:42

Typical carlisle council, its 10AM on Monday and the lines are still in place, no new boxes or bays created and the signs are still covered up.

Posted by Anon on 30 June 2014 at 10:10

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