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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Second Cumbria councillor breaks ranks to oppose parking charges

Another county councillor has broken ranks to turn against the authority’s controversial plans to impose parking charges across Cumbria.

Heidi Halliday  photo
Heidi Halliday

Related: On-street parking charges: Don't drive our recovery out of town

Heidi Halliday, a Liberal Democrat who represents Ambleside, Langdale and Grasmere, is the second councillor to step forward to support the News & Star’s Keep Our Streets Free campaign.

Carlisle’s Willie Whalen, a Labour councillor, declared his opposition to the charges yesterday, saying his loyalties lay with the people he represented in the city centre – and they would be hurt badly by on-street parking fees.

Ms Halliday said: “I don’t want any decisions made that will have a detrimental effect on the community. We have to think are we actually saving money if it means shops close and jobs are lost?”

Ms Halliday also raised concerns about the impact charges would have on people living in outlying rural communities, who may need to park briefly in Ambleside – one of the 11 areas targeted for charges – to visit the town’s chemists, doctors and post office.

Have your say

Well done!
These councils won't stop until they have put the final in the coffin of every independent trader in Cumbria

Posted by Mark Jenkinson on 11 April 2014 at 09:11

Am I reading this correctly, we have two councillors who have a back bone.
Councillor Keith Little stated: “WE NEED TO COVER OUR COSTS IN ENFORCING PARKING RESTRICTIONS.”

“WE’RE NOT PENALISING DRIVERS; we are covering the costs of enforcement"
"I believe this will make some of the most in-demand parking locations more readily available and encourage people to use off-street parking more sensibly.”

What he is say is that CCC have a scheme to give cause to 1. rake in money from those who will use the metered parking. 2. rake in more money through fines of those who do not use metered parking. 3. have large queues outside car parks.

Mr Young (council deputy leader) said: “But there are millions of visitors a year to Cumbria.
“IF WE COULD GET £1 OUT OF EACH OF THEM, OUR BUDGET PROBLEMS WOULD BE RESOLVED.”
What he is saying is stuff the people who are keeping the economy of Cumbria going and simply rob them.

Is this the type of `leadership` that Cumbria deserves?
Are any more councillors going do find they have a back bone?

Posted by edd on 11 April 2014 at 08:07

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