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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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On-street parking charges 'not fair', says Cumbrian traders' group chairman

The fight to rid Cumbria of pending on-street parking charges continues as a new online campaign gathers steam.

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Andy Walsh

The ‘Cumbria Says No’ Facebook campaign has already attracted more than 1,200 likes in little over one week and is hoping to generate enough support to get the county council to reconsider the decision.

The latest drive has been started by the Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade who say that shoppers will be put off using town centres if the charges are introduced.

The chamber’s chairman Andy Walsh said: “Out of town stores and the internet make tempting alternatives.

“If I want to go to a supermarket, then I either pay nothing or my parking charge is reimbursed.

“Yet, according to county councillor Keith Little, if I want to go and visit my local butcher, newsagent or hardware store, run by local people who have invested in our local community over many years, I will have to pay a fee.

“Not very fair is it?”

He has also challenged the county council to go public with their cost-benefit analysis to show they have taken into account the potential effects on town centre trade.

Mr Walsh is the latest in a long line of campaigners to add his calls to the county council to reconsider the controversial charges, including the News & Star’s Keep Our Streets Free campaign.

Several petitions have been set up by worried business leaders across the county.

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