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Floral planters to stop bad parking in Cumbrian town

Floral planters are the new weapon to tackle irresponsible drivers from parking on pavements in a busy town centre.

Deterrent: Planters have been placed in the Market Place in Cockermouth to stop people parking

Cockermouth’s Market Place has been plagued by cars mounting the pavements in recent months which has caused hazards for pedestrians, as well as damaging the town’s paving slabs and kerbstones.

Now, Allerdale Council has taken the unusual step of using the planters not only to make the streets look attractive, but also as a deterrent to motorists until a more permanent solution can be found.

Council leader Alan Smith, who is also a ward councillor in Cockermouth, said there had been “countless problems” with vehicles not only parking illegally, but also causing problems for pedestrians by “haphazardly” driving up the kerbs and leaving their cars on the pavements.

“Their behaviour is now also starting to damage the pavement surfaces so we have decided to put these planters in place to stop the problem in the short term,” added Mr Smith.

“Repairs to Market Place are planned as part of a wider programme of works that include works to Main Street, which are due to get underway in January 2014.”

Mr Smith added that the authority would be working with Cumbria County Council’s highways’ department to look at a more permanent solution at the same time.

The £1.7m revamp of Main Street’s roads and pavements was expected to start in August, but it was put back so that work would not take place over Christmas.

The improvements are taking place to bring the street up to the standard it was before the 2009 floods.

The northern pavement will be relaid in sandstone and drainage and street lighting improved.

Out-of-date traffic signs will be removed and there will be a new lay-out for parking, loading bays, taxi ranks and bus stops.

It is expected to take around eight months to complete, and improvements to Market Place will take place after the Main Street work.

Have your say

This is a good idea to stop the pavement parkers and means no additional expense for the streets which have the temporary measures.

Posted by Sophie on 20 October 2013 at 02:20

Why only in the short term? It's an ideal long term solution. I wish more councils would come up with attractive and non expensive solutions to illegal parking that plagues so many towns throughout the UK

Posted by JP on 16 October 2013 at 17:25

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