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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Rethink on parking round Carlisle Cathedral

A major rethink of parking in Carlisle’s historic core will be debated this week.

Carlisle historic zone photo

Parking and loading could be banned on large sections of Castle Street, Abbey Street, Fisher Street and other streets within the historic zone.

Instead some of the existing disc zone would be turned into dedicated loading bays and disabled parking spaces.

A new disc parking area would be created on Annetwell Street to compensate.

The aim of the proposals is to enhance the ‘historic core’ – the area around the Cathedral and gateway to the Castle – as part of efforts to improve the look of the city centre.

By making the whole area a restricted parking zone, it would mean existing double yellow lines and some signs could be removed.

Members of the county council local committee for Carlisle will discuss the plans at a meeting on Thursday.

A report to the committee says: “The existing parking arrangements in the area are such that many park, often using blue badges, and load in inappropriate locations.

“This results in obstructions to through traffic and detracts from the appearance of this historic part of the city. The proposals would ensure all parking and loading took place only in the designated locations.

“It will also enable the removal of double yellow lines and signs, thus enhancing the appearance of the area.”

A public consultation was held at the Old Town Hall in 2012. The county council said responses from that event have helped to shape the latest plans. There have been 25 responses to the new scheme – five in favour or neutral, six requesting minor changes and 14 objections. Many of the objectors actually want to see even tougher rules on parking in this area of Carlisle.

Several residents want to see access to these streets limited to access and loading only to prevent cars circulating, searching for free parking. Other say the measures do not do enough to encourage cycling and sustainable transport instead of car use.

Meanwhile, the police have said they do not support the need for additional disc parking on Annetwell Street, saying there are enough spaces in nearby streets and car parks such as Devonshire Walk.

Similar proposals were originally put forward as part of the Carlisle Renaissance project back in 2010. As a result some work to enhance paving and reduce “unsightly” road markings was carried out.

But there were problems agreeing new signing and lignage arrangements with the Department for Transport, which meant the full scheme did not go ahead. However legislation has since changed and Cumbria County Council can now make the changes without this authorisation.

The only exception to the no parking or loading rule will be window cleaners who, it is recognised, need to park outside shops for short periods.

Members of the local committee will decide on Thursday whether to bring in the new rules. Officers have recommended they agree.

Have your say

Seen officials and asked why the 'green tarmac cyclepath' was not re-instated after last resurfacing of the street which does appear to be start of parking problem. The missing cyclepath thus providing parking on both sides of the Annetwell Street. A verbal comment I got was the County council would not pay for re-inserting the cyclepaths with the city council refusing to budge over paying for it. Many city Cyclists I meet believe city council is against cyclists despite forthcoming 2014 cycle tour. In the meantime this typical council blunder seems to costing a fortune with trying to sort it out with site visits and official red tape.

Further down the Cumbria county council vehicles have been seen providing a cyclepath new approach road to now the even narrower access road to the Viaduct Estate from Castleway. Hoping the Tesco option of building at Morton is set in concrete as you could'nt really make it up what goes on in Carlisle.

Posted by Cumbrian Gnasher on 28 January 2014 at 18:53

Ok,I got it.

Just rethinking the rethink of the rethink but how about this:-

Joint venture between public and private sector to create enlarged city centre car park accessible from and out of Fisher Street, converting the empty and unused Rufus House into giant multi storey car park. (real money spinner for the private investor but would have to offer free parking on Sundays mornings for the churches).

Access into the centre from Fisher Street restricted to disabled and residents only.

Bollards on West Walls at Dean Tait Lane to prevent it being used as rat run for cars leaving a largely traffic free route for pedestrians wheelchairs and cyclists along West Walls down Annetwell Street to junction of Fisher Street as well as up and down Abbey Street and Fisher Street.

Disabled and residents could still benefit from the few parking spaces, business may lose out but they would also benefit from proximity of Devonshire walk and the new multi storey as well as increased footfall in the historic core.

Decrease in traffic and congestion. Who could possibly object?

By the way what did the local area committee actually decide last week? Anyone know?

Posted by Abbey Street Thinker on 27 January 2014 at 15:32

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