Thursday, 26 November 2015

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New parking restrictions come into force in Carlisle city centre

Work is continuing on the introduction of new parking rules in Carlisle’s historic quarter.

Historic quarter parking photo
The yellow lines in Finkle Street are removed

Contractors at Carlisle City Council yesterday burned off double yellow lines before fresh ones are painted along Annetwell Street.

New signs have already been installed warning drivers that the restrictions have been in place since Monday.

It is part of a new restricted zone which has come into force, meaning changes to where people can park and load.

One of the aims was to stop a parking free-for-all in Annetwell Street, which now has disc parking.

Up until last week drivers who parked there were able to take advantage of a legal loophole because although the area had double yellow lines they had no legal force.

Carlisle City Council designed the system to stop 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.

From Monday, parking and loading will be restricted to designated areas. If there no signs or markings, 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.

There will also an increased number of one-hour disc parking spaces – 69 compared with 58 – 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.

Elsie Martlew, the city council’s deputy leader, said she was pleased with the way the work was progressing.

She added: “What we are doing in the historic quarter is decluttering it – it is going to be good for the area. I am really pleased that things are starting to take shape because we have waited a long time.”

Last week the council warned drivers that they could be fined if they flouted the new parking rules in that part of the city.

Earlier this week businesses gave the new parking regulations a cautious welcome, with people working in the area saying they had already noticed a difference.

Stuart Goodman, of Chivers Sports, told the News & Star: “There haven’t been as many cars. It has certainly made a difference with some people.”

He pointed out that he had only seen signs for the new restrictions going up on Monday and thought there may be a greater impact later in the week.

Arnold Johnston, a taxi driver, said: “There are not as many people, sometimes there are a lot more than this. This should have been dealt with a long time ago.”


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