Cumbria County Council agrees to phase in on-street car parking charges

A JOINED-up and phased approach to introducing on-street parking charges and charges for residents’ parking permits in 2014/15 has been agreed today by Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet.

If full council approves the principle of charging for on-street parking at its budget meeting on February 13, survey and planning work will then get underway to firm up the detail of where charging will be introduced.

The county council’s original budget proposition Our Area, Our Future envisioned beginning charging on-street charging in busy high-streets and high-demand areas. Cabinet has agreed to set aside a one-off funding package of £300,000 to pay for a phased approach in 2014/15.

The precise locations of the paid-for parking will be confirmed once engineers have completed their surveying, scoping and planning work. The necessary legal and democratic process will be needed to implement new Traffic Regulation Orders which are introduced in consultation with residents and businesses.

The earliest date charging could be implemented would be later in autumn 2014 and cabinet has recommended that the introduction of a charge for residents parking permits should be coordinated with on-street parking charges.

When introduced, the charge for a resident’s parking permit in 2014/15 will not exceed £25.

Coun Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for highways, said: “This is a big step for Cumbria, so it’s important we get it right. By introducing on-street charging and residents permits in a phased, co-ordinated manner, it will allow us to fully understand where are the most effective locations, how it ties in with off-street parking and free parking areas, and what is the best technology to allow an affordable, practical and user-friendly solution.

“The key thing is that we recognise that, given the scale of the savings we must make, that on-street parking is the right long-term solution for a county like Cumbria. If done correctly it can mean smoother traffic flows, more availability of parking in the highest demand areas and benefits for businesses through an increase in available spaces.”

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12:45pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Lakeuk says...

No surprise, councilors in interviews on radio made it clear it would happen no matter what the conclusions the tick boxing consultation process gave.

The last statement doesn't make sense, PR at work:-

"If done correctly it can mean smoother traffic flows, more availability of parking in the highest demand areas and benefits for businesses through an increase in available spaces"
No surprise, councilors in interviews on radio made it clear it would happen no matter what the conclusions the tick boxing consultation process gave. The last statement doesn't make sense, PR at work:- "If done correctly it can mean smoother traffic flows, more availability of parking in the highest demand areas and benefits for businesses through an increase in available spaces" Lakeuk

1:07pm Thu 30 Jan 14

ab oatman says...

I won't be paying for my residents' parking permit until the system is correctly enforced.
According to the application process for a permit, the holder has to be able to prove they are resident in the property.
I know for a fact that several properties on my street are never lived in but used as year-round holiday lets, each week a different car appears with a visitors pass in the windscreen (often on a laminated sheet asking the holiday to return it to the Lakelovers/Cumbrian Cottages offices!).
Also, when was the last time anyone with a residents pass saw a traffic warden checking for permits on a residential road?
Why should we pay for something that is so blatently abused and never enforced?
I won't be paying for my residents' parking permit until the system is correctly enforced. According to the application process for a permit, the holder has to be able to prove they are resident in the property. I know for a fact that several properties on my street are never lived in but used as year-round holiday lets, each week a different car appears with a visitors pass in the windscreen (often on a laminated sheet asking the holiday to return it to the Lakelovers/Cumbrian Cottages offices!). Also, when was the last time anyone with a residents pass saw a traffic warden checking for permits on a residential road? Why should we pay for something that is so blatently abused and never enforced? ab oatman

7:16pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Lakeuk says...

ab- Businesses maybe using visitor passes although the conditions for applying for residence pass is "proof of identity and proof that the vehicle is registered at the address where they are seeking the permit to operate from"
ab- Businesses maybe using visitor passes although the conditions for applying for residence pass is "proof of identity and proof that the vehicle is registered at the address where they are seeking the permit to operate from" Lakeuk

10:04pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Gingery says...

I live near the town centre and pay to rent a garage plus have a residents pass - the garage is mostly because I cannot always be guaranteed a space on the street. Very occasionally my partner or family member might use the pass. At the moment tradesmen find difficulty in parking nearby. If charges are introduced for permits I'd only pay them IF I can get a space.

Today I visited East Lancs and it was a joy to park hassle free, no charges for 2 hours at a time. How about disc parking and more effective Wardens - lots of side streets have cars parked on double yellows and/or the pavement. Get the revenue from them, not legal, conscientious parkers.

This proposal is one more thing that is making me think of leaving the south Lakes area.
I live near the town centre and pay to rent a garage plus have a residents pass - the garage is mostly because I cannot always be guaranteed a space on the street. Very occasionally my partner or family member might use the pass. At the moment tradesmen find difficulty in parking nearby. If charges are introduced for permits I'd only pay them IF I can get a space. Today I visited East Lancs and it was a joy to park hassle free, no charges for 2 hours at a time. How about disc parking and more effective Wardens - lots of side streets have cars parked on double yellows and/or the pavement. Get the revenue from them, not legal, conscientious parkers. This proposal is one more thing that is making me think of leaving the south Lakes area. Gingery

7:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

It happened in Lancaster. No more free on street parking for a couple of hours. They are putting the parking fees up again. Do not go to Lancaster anymore in the car. Very rarely go further than ASDA. Everything else waits for a run to Kendal or Preston retail park or from that well know South American river company.
It happened in Lancaster. No more free on street parking for a couple of hours. They are putting the parking fees up again. Do not go to Lancaster anymore in the car. Very rarely go further than ASDA. Everything else waits for a run to Kendal or Preston retail park or from that well know South American river company. Grumpyoldbiker

9:49am Sat 1 Feb 14

Spotty Fish says...

Did Coun Keith Little go on a special course to learn how to speak such drivel? It's all about getting more money out of us, the motorist,and giving nothing back in return. It's scandalous. Is the money he raises from this scheme going to be used to repair the roads of Cumbria? Is it hell. It will no doubt disappear in to the massive CCC budget for consultations on how next to part us from our hard earned money.
Our roads are falling apart, full of potholes and non-existent road markings and what do they spend money on? Re-surfacing the little back road that runs through Ings behind the church and the pub! A truly essential bit of maintenance I'm sure!
Two of my colleagues have had broken springs on their cars since Christmas because of the state of the roads,and yet the council see fit to mend a bit of road used by a few dozen people every day. Please someone tell me, where is the logic? Maybe one of our illustrious councillors lives down that road!!!
Did Coun Keith Little go on a special course to learn how to speak such drivel? It's all about getting more money out of us, the motorist,and giving nothing back in return. It's scandalous. Is the money he raises from this scheme going to be used to repair the roads of Cumbria? Is it hell. It will no doubt disappear in to the massive CCC budget for consultations on how next to part us from our hard earned money. Our roads are falling apart, full of potholes and non-existent road markings and what do they spend money on? Re-surfacing the little back road that runs through Ings behind the church and the pub! A truly essential bit of maintenance I'm sure! Two of my colleagues have had broken springs on their cars since Christmas because of the state of the roads,and yet the council see fit to mend a bit of road used by a few dozen people every day. Please someone tell me, where is the logic? Maybe one of our illustrious councillors lives down that road!!! Spotty Fish

1:14pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Ambience says...

Councillors were elected by receiving most votes in an election. If people don't like what councillors are doing they shouldn't have voted for them in the first place. Let's hope it will be 'all change' at the next elections.
Councillors were elected by receiving most votes in an election. If people don't like what councillors are doing they shouldn't have voted for them in the first place. Let's hope it will be 'all change' at the next elections. Ambience

1:59pm Mon 3 Feb 14

fellsman says...

This is another hit on Cumbrian residents from the Liberals who are in coalition with Labour on the County Council - Isn't it amazing that Liberal Councillors continue to implement policies which will harm the people who voted them in, especially in Kendal. Many of the Kendal County Councillors are also on the SLDC - there are elections in Kendal in May - Remember what they've done
This is another hit on Cumbrian residents from the Liberals who are in coalition with Labour on the County Council - Isn't it amazing that Liberal Councillors continue to implement policies which will harm the people who voted them in, especially in Kendal. Many of the Kendal County Councillors are also on the SLDC - there are elections in Kendal in May - Remember what they've done fellsman

10:37pm Mon 3 Feb 14

snuggle-bunny says...

I agree with Ambience- vote them out at the next election
I agree with Ambience- vote them out at the next election snuggle-bunny

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