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Friday, 25 April 2014

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New row over parking 'free-for-all' on Carlisle street

A fresh row has erupted over a parking free-for-all on a key Carlisle street, after the police used cones to temporarily ban traffic during the Tour of Britain cycle race.

Annetwell Street Carlisle photo
Cones on Annetwell Street

For the last three months, Annetwell Street, opposite Carlisle Castle, has been plagued by bad parking because the double yellow lines there are legally “unenforceable” thanks to a blunder by council officials.

They failed to approve the necessary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that would have given the lines legal force.

Elsie Martlew, deputy leader of Carlisle City Council, says the authority asked Cumbria County Council to have police ‘no stopping’ cones distributed along the street as a temporary solution but the request was turned down. However, the cones were used this week in this week’s Tour of Britain.

Mrs Martlew said: “The race was a wonderful event, and good for the city, but it’s a shame that our request for police cones to restrict parking since this problem came to light was not given the same kind of priority.

“Motorists are now parking on both sides of the road, and on one side they’re churning up the grass verge. We really do need to do something to put a stop to it, and the cones would have been an ideal solution.”

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council insisted that no-stopping police cones should only ever be used as a short-term traffic management tool, as they were during this week’s cycling event.

“You can’t leave traffic cones out on the street for weeks and months,” he said. “They can get stolen or damaged. The problem with the double yellow lines at Annetwell Street was clearly one that was going to be long-term.”

He added that motorists who are currently parking on the lines without being fined will not be warned when a TRO would come into force.

Have your say

Come to Whitehaven where everyone seems to have a blue badge and they park on double yellows all day everywhere !

Posted by Whitehaven Resident on 25 September 2013 at 22:10

Why not allow parking on one side of the road?

Posted by Mike on 25 September 2013 at 15:26

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