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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Parking shake-up ordered for busy Cumbrian town

Drivers will face new parking rules in one of west Cumbria’s busiest towns.

Main Street photo
Cockermouth’s Main Street

Cockermouth will be the subject of a new traffic regulation order after the restrictions were approved at a meeting of Cumbria County Council’s local committee for Allerdale in Wigton.

It was passed with a unanimous vote but some members said they still had concerns.

A report presented to councillors said the new rules aimed “to improve traffic flow and traffic management within the area and to address the issues of inconsiderate and inappropriate parking”.

Some of the changes which will now be put into effect include:

  • Changing parking and driving restrictions on South Street during Cockermouth’s spring fair;
  • Removing doctor only parking places at Derwentside Gardens, leaving an unrestricted parking area;
  • Painting double yellow lines on St Helen’s Street’s junctions with three other streets and at Kirklea and Main Street in Little Broughton;
  • Moving the current Main Street loading and unloading area on Main Street from outside Fletcher Christian to outside Lesley Cleeland;
  • Creating two new loading bays on Main Street, outside the Wordsworth Hotel and Boots.

The county council had also proposed installing double yellow lines at High Brigham but Kevin Cosgrove, traffic management engineer, said they had a large number of objections and removed the proposal from recommendations.

Keith Little, Labour member for Maryport South, was concerned about the cost of putting up new traffic signs before the issue of on-street parking charges – which was due to be discussed by the county council’s cabinet today – had been decided.

He said: “Can we think about what is going up and make sure we are not taking them down next year?”

The committee’s chairman Eric Nicholson, who represents Cockermouth North for the Conservatives, backed the order but was concerned about the loading bay outside the Wordsworth Hotel.

“It is in the wrong place, I was a bit disappointed,” he said.

Members passed the traffic order with a unanimous vote.

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