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Resident only parking plan for Carlisle

Resident only spaces could be introduced to stop householders being blocked from parking outside their homes.

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A parking permit

A review of on-street parking will be launched following complaints that shoppers, hospital visitors and students are clogging up spaces in Carlisle city centre, Denton Holme and Newtown Road.

At present, residents in disc zones have permits allowing them to park all day.

Other motorists can park there too but have to display a disc showing when they arrived. Their length of stay is limited, usually to one or two hours.

The review could lead to some spaces being designated ‘permit-holders only’ with no disc parking.

It has been launched after Castle ward city councillors Elsie Martlew and William Whalen passed on complaints from residents who said they struggled to find parking spaces.

Mrs Martlew said: “We found a lot of problems around Strand Road, Chiswick Street, Howard Place and Hartington Place.

“People were telling us they wanted residents-only spaces. This is something that has to be tackled. We want to make urban living just as attractive as rural.”

The county council is responsible for on-street parking while the city council administers the residents’ permits and employs wardens who police the restrictions.

The joint review, to be carried out by a task group of councillors, will consider all aspects of on-street parking and involve surveys of the most congested zones where demand on parking is greatest.

These are zone A around Strand Road, Chatsworth Square and Chiswick Street, zone B between Warwick Road and London Road, zone D in Denton Holme and zone E around Caldewgate and the Cumberland Infirmary.

A county council spokeswoman said: “This information will allow us to better understand the present level of demand and any changes that need to be made. We will look to implement any changes from next year.”

Work will not start until the schools and Carlisle College return from summer holidays.

The review may recommend that some disc-parking restrictions are scrapped. A report to the county council’s Carlisle local committee earlier this year argued that some zones were too large, making regulations difficult to enforce.

The review may also consider whether to charge for residents’ permits, which are currently free.

The county council proposed a £25 annual charge last year but dropped the idea in February after widespread opposition.

Have your say

It's about time that something was done about this problem. It's obvious that people against this issue don't live in the area and probably don't have any problems parking outside their own address. As a resident of Strand Road I can tell you it's no fun having to park 2, 3 or 4 streets away from your own home, especially with our lovely Cumbrian weather or when you're loaded down with shopping bags. I fully back the plan to make some of the parking places on Strand Road for residents only and I'd gladly pay £25 for the privilege.

Posted by M Glover on 28 July 2012 at 11:53

How many times are you going to raise this topic, twice in the last six months I believe.
Would it not be better if the City Council & County Council moved out of the city to free all the parking spaces they occupy in Rickergate, Portland Square and all the public car parks in the vicinity of their offices, the majority with free permits. How do you get a permit to park in Rickergate, hardly anyone lives there.
Come on News & Star ask both authorities for the numbers of permits given to employees to park in the city centre & do a proper story. Get rid of them & there will be enough spaces for residents, students, shoppers & workers.

Posted by Mr Jeffrey on 24 July 2012 at 10:46

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