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Hundreds oppose bid for on-street parking charges at Ambleside

The Westmorland Gazette: Coun Heidi Halliday Coun Heidi Halliday

HUNDREDS of people have signed petitions opposing plans to introduce on-street car parking charges in Ambleside.

Created by Lakes county councillor Heidi Halliday, an online petition has attracted more than 500 signatures in one week.

The Spar has also gathered hundreds on a petition at its Compston Road site and another has been created by outdoor swimming experts and Compston Road-based business, Head to the Hills.

Cumbria County Council is controversially expected to rubber-stamp plans to introduce the charges next month.

But the move has been blasted amid claims it will drive business away from the centre of the town.

The petition created by Coun Halliday says: “Shoppers faced with a charge to buy a loaf of bread and a pint of milk will instead use Sainsbury’s with its free parking facility.

“I cannot and will not support the introduction of charging when it is potentially going to cost people’s jobs and livelihoods.

“This decision also effects people in areas like Rydal, Grasmere and Langdale who need to come to Ambleside to access services.”

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Streets in Ambleside included in the proposal are Cheapside, Church Street, Compston Road, Compston Street, Kelsick Road, King Street, Knott Street, Market Place, Vicarage Road and Waterhead.

Spar director Christine Newton said the charges would have a ‘major effect on all town centre businesses’.

“There is very strong feeling against this,” she said. Her husband Cliff, who is also a director, added: “One hour is enough now to pop into shops, but this could kill off the town centre.”

Coun Keith Little, Cumbria County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Nearly every other local authority in the country charges motorists to park in high-demand locations.

“In a climate where the council is losing one pound in every four we used to have to spend, we need to cover our costs in enforcing parking restrictions. Revenue from on-street parking charges will be used to pay for effective enforcement.”

Lakes Parish Council was due to discuss the issue at a meeting last night.

Coun Halliday’s petition is available at: you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/say-no-to-on-street-parking-charges and Head to the Hills’ at councilportal.cumbria.gov.uk/mgePetitionListDisplay.aspx .

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8:49am Thu 24 Apr 14

fellsman says...

Councillor Halliday is a member of the administration which is introducing these charges - her Liberal colleagues were so eager for power that they seem to be cowtowing to everything their Labour Masters decide - time they stood up for South Lakeland in the council chamber instead of making headlines just in time for the forthcoming elections
Councillor Halliday is a member of the administration which is introducing these charges - her Liberal colleagues were so eager for power that they seem to be cowtowing to everything their Labour Masters decide - time they stood up for South Lakeland in the council chamber instead of making headlines just in time for the forthcoming elections fellsman
  • Score: 17

9:16am Thu 24 Apr 14

hogheaven says...

What a dumb idea are they trying to kill all our local shops/, there is enough restrictions already, hands off.
What a dumb idea are they trying to kill all our local shops/, there is enough restrictions already, hands off. hogheaven
  • Score: 12

10:19am Thu 24 Apr 14

tourer says...

Just leave things alone for once......
Just leave things alone for once...... tourer
  • Score: 12

10:24am Thu 24 Apr 14

onelocal says...

It just goes to show how ridiculous and self serving local government in South Lakes has become. Councillor Halliday is a SLDC Liberal Democrat councillor. She is also double dipping as a Cumbria County Council Liberal Democrat Member. The CCC Liberal Democrats are in bed with Labour and it is they who have passed the decision to impose on street parking charges. Many of the Lib Dems at CCC are also on SLDC, including Councillor Stephenson who leads the finance portfolio at CCC and is the architect of the new charges. So where do the SLDC Lib Dems stand on these charges? It's pretty obvious that Councillor Halliday is trying her best to keep in with her electorate while at the same time, her party group at CCC are pushing for these charges. Confused? I certainly am.
It just goes to show how ridiculous and self serving local government in South Lakes has become. Councillor Halliday is a SLDC Liberal Democrat councillor. She is also double dipping as a Cumbria County Council Liberal Democrat Member. The CCC Liberal Democrats are in bed with Labour and it is they who have passed the decision to impose on street parking charges. Many of the Lib Dems at CCC are also on SLDC, including Councillor Stephenson who leads the finance portfolio at CCC and is the architect of the new charges. So where do the SLDC Lib Dems stand on these charges? It's pretty obvious that Councillor Halliday is trying her best to keep in with her electorate while at the same time, her party group at CCC are pushing for these charges. Confused? I certainly am. onelocal
  • Score: 14

1:03pm Thu 24 Apr 14

davidearnshaw says...

I am told by members of the County Council that there is no question of charges not happening ---- they were decided and voted in as part of the Councils Budget plan; very admirably our own local County Councillor Heidi Halliday did not vote for the proposals ----- Councillor Keith Little is wrong to claim that most other Councils have on street parking charges ---- they do not --- especially in the smaller towns --- maybe in large urban areas and cities ---- Northumbria has just largely removed many car parking charges in car parks, and I have recently travelled extensively in Norfolk and the Cotswolds and there are no on street parking charges in either location. Ambleside has at this moment been suggested as the first town in South Lakes for charges to be established ----- other towns be warned they are coming your way ----- Kendal, Windermere and Bowness, and no doubt will be rolled out to Grasmere, Grange and Kirkby Lonsdale; it is sad to have to acknowledge that this is being done in the main to milk the tourist honey pots with no thought whatsoever for the local population, who can be seen as collateral damage casualties. I urge everyone -- if you are concerned about the survival of your town centres, and the idea of having to pay a premium to "pop and shop" to just not sit there and let it happen ----- this move will undoubtedly have a disastrous effect on the continued viability of some of our towns centres shops ----- find a petition and sign it ---- write to the Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council, The Courts, Carlisle
Cumbria
CA3 8NA
To express your concerns, and demand that the matter be revisited at full council.
The more action we have --- the greater the chance we might have of changing this appalling and destructive plan.
I am told by members of the County Council that there is no question of charges not happening ---- they were decided and voted in as part of the Councils Budget plan; very admirably our own local County Councillor Heidi Halliday did not vote for the proposals ----- Councillor Keith Little is wrong to claim that most other Councils have on street parking charges ---- they do not --- especially in the smaller towns --- maybe in large urban areas and cities ---- Northumbria has just largely removed many car parking charges in car parks, and I have recently travelled extensively in Norfolk and the Cotswolds and there are no on street parking charges in either location. Ambleside has at this moment been suggested as the first town in South Lakes for charges to be established ----- other towns be warned they are coming your way ----- Kendal, Windermere and Bowness, and no doubt will be rolled out to Grasmere, Grange and Kirkby Lonsdale; it is sad to have to acknowledge that this is being done in the main to milk the tourist honey pots with no thought whatsoever for the local population, who can be seen as collateral damage casualties. I urge everyone -- if you are concerned about the survival of your town centres, and the idea of having to pay a premium to "pop and shop" to just not sit there and let it happen ----- this move will undoubtedly have a disastrous effect on the continued viability of some of our towns centres shops ----- find a petition and sign it ---- write to the Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council, The Courts, Carlisle Cumbria CA3 8NA To express your concerns, and demand that the matter be revisited at full council. The more action we have --- the greater the chance we might have of changing this appalling and destructive plan. davidearnshaw
  • Score: 25

2:25pm Thu 24 Apr 14

magical trevor says...

As usual, all those who consider that they have something worth while to say, do so after any consultation period. This was up for discussion months and months ago, but it would appear that no one had the nouse to stand up and say anything when it really mattered.....and now that CCC have decided to press ahead, you're all up in arms about it. I think you've missed the train to be honest....probably couldn't get your zimmer frames through the doorways! Give Ms Halliday some credit for the hard work that she is conducting....at least she is taking valuable time out from her busy family life to DO SOMETHING about it, rather than just complaining about it here....which is pointless.
As usual, all those who consider that they have something worth while to say, do so after any consultation period. This was up for discussion months and months ago, but it would appear that no one had the nouse to stand up and say anything when it really mattered.....and now that CCC have decided to press ahead, you're all up in arms about it. I think you've missed the train to be honest....probably couldn't get your zimmer frames through the doorways! Give Ms Halliday some credit for the hard work that she is conducting....at least she is taking valuable time out from her busy family life to DO SOMETHING about it, rather than just complaining about it here....which is pointless. magical trevor
  • Score: -24

3:05pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Spotty Fish says...

Pointless you say Trev? A bit like on street parking charges. Please Trev tell us of any benefit they bring. What is their purpose, other than gathering money?
Pointless you say Trev? A bit like on street parking charges. Please Trev tell us of any benefit they bring. What is their purpose, other than gathering money? Spotty Fish
  • Score: 6

4:17pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Lakes Jim says...

Councillor Halliday didnt even stay in the Council meeting to vote on the issue when it was passed by her Lib/Lab colleagues. This is all about her trying to get re-elected , if she is honest she will cross the floor and support the only Group of local Councillors who voted against this dreadful proposal............
..the Conservative Group!
Councillor Halliday didnt even stay in the Council meeting to vote on the issue when it was passed by her Lib/Lab colleagues. This is all about her trying to get re-elected , if she is honest she will cross the floor and support the only Group of local Councillors who voted against this dreadful proposal............ ..the Conservative Group! Lakes Jim
  • Score: 4

4:48pm Thu 24 Apr 14

magical trevor says...

I didn't say that on street parking was a good thing or that it would bring anything positive to the local economy....all I was saying, was the the horse has already bolted the stable Spotty Fish.......why make a fuss when you're opportunity to have your say has already passed.....it's always the case though isn't it.....people can't be bothered to take part in any consultation exercise, but when it comes to something being put into place you're all up in arms about it.
I didn't say that on street parking was a good thing or that it would bring anything positive to the local economy....all I was saying, was the the horse has already bolted the stable Spotty Fish.......why make a fuss when you're opportunity to have your say has already passed.....it's always the case though isn't it.....people can't be bothered to take part in any consultation exercise, but when it comes to something being put into place you're all up in arms about it. magical trevor
  • Score: -20

11:33pm Thu 24 Apr 14

twitchy says...

If you look at the Budget Consultation Feedback Report on CCC website you will see on page 72 that the marjority of respondents to Proposition 29 Targeted on Street Parking Charges voted AGAINST the introduction of the charges.
I can only conclude from this that the decision to introduce these parking charges was made BEFORE the consultation took place or the County Council has ignored the results of its own consultation--------
Was this just a box ticking exercise?
Plenty of people 'stood up' Trev.even those with 'busy family lives' I suggest you read the report.
If you look at the Budget Consultation Feedback Report on CCC website you will see on page 72 that the marjority of respondents to Proposition 29 Targeted on Street Parking Charges voted AGAINST the introduction of the charges. I can only conclude from this that the decision to introduce these parking charges was made BEFORE the consultation took place or the County Council has ignored the results of its own consultation-------- Was this just a box ticking exercise? Plenty of people 'stood up' Trev.even those with 'busy family lives' I suggest you read the report. twitchy
  • Score: 6

11:27am Fri 25 Apr 14

RainGod says...

So who exactly is in favour of these charges?

Money making cannot be the intention, at best it will help pay for the parking wardens. A high cost for Ambleside businesses I expect.
So who exactly is in favour of these charges? Money making cannot be the intention, at best it will help pay for the parking wardens. A high cost for Ambleside businesses I expect. RainGod
  • Score: 4

3:58pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Hoad Hill says...

magical trevor wrote:
I didn't say that on street parking was a good thing or that it would bring anything positive to the local economy....all I was saying, was the the horse has already bolted the stable Spotty Fish.......why make a fuss when you're opportunity to have your say has already passed.....it's always the case though isn't it.....people can't be bothered to take part in any consultation exercise, but when it comes to something being put into place you're all up in arms about it.
"you're opportunity"!!! come now Trevor a person of your intellect should surely know the difference between your and you are.
[quote][p][bold]magical trevor[/bold] wrote: I didn't say that on street parking was a good thing or that it would bring anything positive to the local economy....all I was saying, was the the horse has already bolted the stable Spotty Fish.......why make a fuss when you're opportunity to have your say has already passed.....it's always the case though isn't it.....people can't be bothered to take part in any consultation exercise, but when it comes to something being put into place you're all up in arms about it.[/p][/quote]"you're opportunity"!!! come now Trevor a person of your intellect should surely know the difference between your and you are. Hoad Hill
  • Score: 2

4:58pm Fri 25 Apr 14

fellsman says...

So David Earnshaw says it is very admirable of Councillor Halliday for not voting for the implementation of these charges - it would be if she voted against them, however from what Lakes Jim says she wasn't in the chamber for the vote - this is absolutely despicable, but then again it is probably something she has picked up from her political masters - lets face it her MP is a master of saying one thing in Westminster and then campaigning against it at home. One thing is absolutely clear - the Liberals are introducing on street car parking charges - , the Liberals are cutting rural services - the Liberals are cutting fire cover in many of our towns - but people will still vote for them in May cos 'Tim is a nice person'!!
So David Earnshaw says it is very admirable of Councillor Halliday for not voting for the implementation of these charges - it would be if she voted against them, however from what Lakes Jim says she wasn't in the chamber for the vote - this is absolutely despicable, but then again it is probably something she has picked up from her political masters - lets face it her MP is a master of saying one thing in Westminster and then campaigning against it at home. One thing is absolutely clear - the Liberals are introducing on street car parking charges - , the Liberals are cutting rural services - the Liberals are cutting fire cover in many of our towns - but people will still vote for them in May cos 'Tim is a nice person'!! fellsman
  • Score: 6

7:15pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Fishing mad says...

Sounds like magical Trevor lives in a residents parking disc area to me what do you say trev
Sounds like magical Trevor lives in a residents parking disc area to me what do you say trev Fishing mad
  • Score: -1

8:59pm Fri 25 Apr 14

magical trevor says...

I have a drive Fishingmad......does
n't matter to me.
I have a drive Fishingmad......does n't matter to me. magical trevor
  • Score: -7

3:32am Sat 26 Apr 14

Fishing mad says...

That was not the question plenty of people have drive ways even car parks that live in the free permit streets
That was not the question plenty of people have drive ways even car parks that live in the free permit streets Fishing mad
  • Score: 1

7:43am Sun 27 Apr 14

magical trevor says...

It really doesn't matter to me Fishing Mad.....like I say, I have a drive to park my car on....and no I don't live on any affected street....but if I did, I would have taken advantage of the consultation period to voice my concerns because I have the nouse and the common sense to do so. Does that answer question my fishy friend?
It really doesn't matter to me Fishing Mad.....like I say, I have a drive to park my car on....and no I don't live on any affected street....but if I did, I would have taken advantage of the consultation period to voice my concerns because I have the nouse and the common sense to do so. Does that answer question my fishy friend? magical trevor
  • Score: -2

12:52pm Sun 27 Apr 14

bay view says...

I completed the CCC consultation document and voted against On Street Parking Charges. As regards the 'savings' to be made through the introduction of these measures, I made a point of asking CCC whether the figures shown took account of the inherent associated costs, - parking machines, emptying and maintenance of same, and salaries of parking wardens. The answer from a CCC spokesman came back, - No, they did not.
I also asked a local County Councillor the same question, who said, -oh yes, they did!
It made me wonder if any of the councillors knew on what basis the so called 'savings' were calculated and whether their votes were based on anything but political imperative.
These charges are not appropriate in Cumbria's small towns. They will damage trade and benefit supermarket and online sales. One hour parking with or without disc is sufficient to manage parking traffic.
Councillor Little in Westmorland Gazette Nov 14 2013 said local businesses would be up in arms about people parking all day, so no-one could pop in for a pint of milk. Given the mostly one-hour parking on most streets no one is going to park all day, and neither are they going to pop in for said pint if it costs more to park than for the pint!
Recent TV research said that some council were removing street parking charges as they made little revenue after costs and gave a poor message to visitors.
I completed the CCC consultation document and voted against On Street Parking Charges. As regards the 'savings' to be made through the introduction of these measures, I made a point of asking CCC whether the figures shown took account of the inherent associated costs, - parking machines, emptying and maintenance of same, and salaries of parking wardens. The answer from a CCC spokesman came back, - No, they did not. I also asked a local County Councillor the same question, who said, -oh yes, they did! It made me wonder if any of the councillors knew on what basis the so called 'savings' were calculated and whether their votes were based on anything but political imperative. These charges are not appropriate in Cumbria's small towns. They will damage trade and benefit supermarket and online sales. One hour parking with or without disc is sufficient to manage parking traffic. Councillor Little in Westmorland Gazette Nov 14 2013 said local businesses would be up in arms about people parking all day, so no-one could pop in for a pint of milk. Given the mostly one-hour parking on most streets no one is going to park all day, and neither are they going to pop in for said pint if it costs more to park than for the pint! Recent TV research said that some council were removing street parking charges as they made little revenue after costs and gave a poor message to visitors. bay view
  • Score: 5

1:44pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Lakeuk says...

It does make you wonder whether having a councillor really makes any difference and that's a general comment rather than specific to an individual.

We've had a locale council candidate round who's selling point was being already a town and county councillor they struggle to make any head way and being a district councillor as well would make it a lot easier to take things forward !! I'm expecting equally comical responses when the other candidates come round.

One suggestion ;) She could SLDC mitigate the risk to trade by looking into what help can be done in Ambleside through SLDC's own car parks
It does make you wonder whether having a councillor really makes any difference and that's a general comment rather than specific to an individual. We've had a locale council candidate round who's selling point was being already a town and county councillor they struggle to make any head way and being a district councillor as well would make it a lot easier to take things forward !! I'm expecting equally comical responses when the other candidates come round. One suggestion ;) She could SLDC mitigate the risk to trade by looking into what help can be done in Ambleside through SLDC's own car parks Lakeuk
  • Score: 1

1:45pm Mon 28 Apr 14

fellsman says...

Lakeuk wrote:
It does make you wonder whether having a councillor really makes any difference and that's a general comment rather than specific to an individual.

We've had a locale council candidate round who's selling point was being already a town and county councillor they struggle to make any head way and being a district councillor as well would make it a lot easier to take things forward !! I'm expecting equally comical responses when the other candidates come round.

One suggestion ;) She could SLDC mitigate the risk to trade by looking into what help can be done in Ambleside through SLDC's own car parks
This is a Cumbria County Council decision by the Liberals and Labour - unfortunately party politics seem to take precedent with these councillors than acting in the best interests of their electorate - what a shame that things have sunk to this level where run of the mill councillors have to tow the line set by their party leaders, in this case Councillor Stephenson, the leader of the Liberals at the County Council.
[quote][p][bold]Lakeuk[/bold] wrote: It does make you wonder whether having a councillor really makes any difference and that's a general comment rather than specific to an individual. We've had a locale council candidate round who's selling point was being already a town and county councillor they struggle to make any head way and being a district councillor as well would make it a lot easier to take things forward !! I'm expecting equally comical responses when the other candidates come round. One suggestion ;) She could SLDC mitigate the risk to trade by looking into what help can be done in Ambleside through SLDC's own car parks[/p][/quote]This is a Cumbria County Council decision by the Liberals and Labour - unfortunately party politics seem to take precedent with these councillors than acting in the best interests of their electorate - what a shame that things have sunk to this level where run of the mill councillors have to tow the line set by their party leaders, in this case Councillor Stephenson, the leader of the Liberals at the County Council. fellsman
  • Score: 4

8:33pm Mon 28 Apr 14

jazzactivist says...

On street parking charges for permanent residents of any area in our South Lakeland towns and villages isn't a good idea, as only the poorest residents live in houses and flats that don't have off-street parking ie the people who live and work in the area. However, for second homers, tourists, and visitors it may be quite useful to restrict parking times and charge for them in an exceptionally busy town like Ambleside. I regularly visit friends there and have a difficult time parking for a couple of hours near to where they live, and have even had notices pasted over my car windscreen by irate residents stating that that bit of on-road parking is 'their' spot. While I appreciate that in a busy town parking is an issue, freeing up on-street parking by non-residents having to 'feed the meter' might be useful. However, I don't like the argument that CCC and SLDC are losing money and have to get it from somewhere, as it seems to me that it is always the ordinary working people of the area who pay the most. It would be better if the Council fought for the right to increase the highest Council Tax bands and double the charge to second homers / BTL-ers.
On street parking charges for permanent residents of any area in our South Lakeland towns and villages isn't a good idea, as only the poorest residents live in houses and flats that don't have off-street parking ie the people who live and work in the area. However, for second homers, tourists, and visitors it may be quite useful to restrict parking times and charge for them in an exceptionally busy town like Ambleside. I regularly visit friends there and have a difficult time parking for a couple of hours near to where they live, and have even had notices pasted over my car windscreen by irate residents stating that that bit of on-road parking is 'their' spot. While I appreciate that in a busy town parking is an issue, freeing up on-street parking by non-residents having to 'feed the meter' might be useful. However, I don't like the argument that CCC and SLDC are losing money and have to get it from somewhere, as it seems to me that it is always the ordinary working people of the area who pay the most. It would be better if the Council fought for the right to increase the highest Council Tax bands and double the charge to second homers / BTL-ers. jazzactivist
  • Score: -2

10:28pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Lakeuk says...

I've had a scan at who voted and as mentioned in other comments it was all agreed down party lines so for the package including on-street-parking-ch
arges all 13 present LibDems voted (2 absent) FOR it, all 35 present Labour voted FOR it, all 26 present Cons voted AGAINST it, with most of the independents AGAINST except (1 for, 1 absent, 1 abstain). Why abstain, not the place for sitting on the fence !!

I wonder how many in Ambleside are aware that on-street-parking-ch
arges has the full support of the local LibDem party that there ward is represented by.

Now it's upto the South Lakeland Local Committee to decide where on-street-parking begins first in the district, the committee consists of 13 LibDems, 4 Cons, 1 Lab - Enough of a majority there for the LibDems to agree to starting of on-street-parking-ch
arges in Cons represented wards of Windermere / Ulverston ;)
I've had a scan at who voted and as mentioned in other comments it was all agreed down party lines so for the package including on-street-parking-ch arges all 13 present LibDems voted (2 absent) FOR it, all 35 present Labour voted FOR it, all 26 present Cons voted AGAINST it, with most of the independents AGAINST except (1 for, 1 absent, 1 abstain). Why abstain, not the place for sitting on the fence !! I wonder how many in Ambleside are aware that on-street-parking-ch arges has the full support of the local LibDem party that there ward is represented by. Now it's upto the South Lakeland Local Committee to decide where on-street-parking begins first in the district, the committee consists of 13 LibDems, 4 Cons, 1 Lab - Enough of a majority there for the LibDems to agree to starting of on-street-parking-ch arges in Cons represented wards of Windermere / Ulverston ;) Lakeuk
  • Score: 3

3:23pm Tue 29 Apr 14

fellsman says...

The voters of Ambleside have repeatedly voted in Liberal councillors because Tim says they are the best people for the town. The Liberals are bulldozing policies through at both District and County level which will seriously affect the people who vote for them, not just in Ambleside, but across South Lakeland - just look at the LDF which is almost unanimously unwanted - they don't care and keep ploughing on because they know that at elections they will get in on the back of Farron. The voters of Ambleside have an opportunity in May to give them a bloody nose - will they, I doubt it.
The voters of Ambleside have repeatedly voted in Liberal councillors because Tim says they are the best people for the town. The Liberals are bulldozing policies through at both District and County level which will seriously affect the people who vote for them, not just in Ambleside, but across South Lakeland - just look at the LDF which is almost unanimously unwanted - they don't care and keep ploughing on because they know that at elections they will get in on the back of Farron. The voters of Ambleside have an opportunity in May to give them a bloody nose - will they, I doubt it. fellsman
  • Score: 5

1:19pm Wed 30 Apr 14

ImFromAmbleside says...

Well, the sane majority seem to be in agreement that this is a ridiculous idea, and I have to agree that abstaining from voting against the proposition is not the same as voting against it. Very disappointing from our local Councillor.

There are supposed to be laws and regulations that stop such stupid ideas but these seem to be being ignored by CCC.....

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT, SECTION 45, PARAGRAPH 3 reads
'In determining what parking places are to be designated under this section the authority concerned shall consider both the interests of traffic and those of the owners and occupiers of adjoining property, and in particular the matters to which that authority shall have regard include:

(a) the need for maintaining the free movement of traffic;

(b) the need for maintaining reasonable access to premises; and

(c) the extent to which is available in the neighborhood or the provision of such parking accommodation is likely to be encouraged there by the designation of parking places under this section.

So if the plan is 'rubber stamped' the movement of traffic will be hampered, access to the residential streets in the proposal will be impeded, and people will end up dumping there cars anywhere they can!

The council will immediately be in breach of the ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT.

And don't get me started on the fact that it is illegal to raise revenues from parking charges, which they are obviously trying to do, as you cannot go from having free parking to charging for it and call that a 'saving', it's a new charge!
Well, the sane majority seem to be in agreement that this is a ridiculous idea, and I have to agree that abstaining from voting against the proposition is not the same as voting against it. Very disappointing from our local Councillor. There are supposed to be laws and regulations that stop such stupid ideas but these seem to be being ignored by CCC..... ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT, SECTION 45, PARAGRAPH 3 reads 'In determining what parking places are to be designated under this section the authority concerned shall consider both the interests of traffic and those of the owners and occupiers of adjoining property, and in particular the matters to which that authority shall have regard include: (a) the need for maintaining the free movement of traffic; (b) the need for maintaining reasonable access to premises; and (c) the extent to which [F6off-street parking accommodation, whether in the open or under cover,]is available in the neighborhood or the provision of such parking accommodation is likely to be encouraged there by the designation of parking places under this section. So if the plan is 'rubber stamped' the movement of traffic will be hampered, access to the residential streets in the proposal will be impeded, and people will end up dumping there cars anywhere they can! The council will immediately be in breach of the ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT. And don't get me started on the fact that it is illegal to raise revenues from parking charges, which they are obviously trying to do, as you cannot go from having free parking to charging for it and call that a 'saving', it's a new charge! ImFromAmbleside
  • Score: 4

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