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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Tories on Cumbria council's local committee won't support parking charges plan

Controversial plans to charge for on-street parking in Cumbria are heading for a new stumbling block after Conservative councillors confirmed they will not support it.

The county council wants to see the charges rolled out in Carlisle, as well as in several towns, including Whitehaven, Workington, Penrith and Keswick.

The details of the scheme – such as which streets will be affected, how many bays will be charged and whether there will be a period of time before charges kick in – have been left in the hands of the six local committees for each of Cumbria’s districts.

Carlisle’s committee is due to have its crunch meeting on the issue next month.

One member of the Carlisle committee told the News & Star Conservative members would not support the parking charge plan.

If the committee does not approve plans for on-street parking charges they can still be introduced in Carlisle by the county council.

The chairman of Allerdale’s committee, Eric Nicholson, a Conservative who represents Cockermouth North, said members would make a decision at their next meeting.

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