Petition launched in bid to drive away on-street parking charges in Ambleside

Petition launched in bid to drive away on-street parking in Ambleside

Petition launched in bid to drive away on-street parking in Ambleside

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AN ONLINE petition fighting plans to introduce on-street car parking charges in Ambleside is gathering support.

Created by Lakes county councillor Heidi Halliday, the petition has received nearly 300 signatures in one day.

Cumbria County Council are expected to rubberstamp plans to introduce on-street parking at a meeting next month.

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

The petition states: “I strongly urge you to seriously reconsider and understand the very real financial damage to Ambleside's economy the introduction of on-street parking charges will bring.

“This decision also effects people living in the outlying areas such as Rydal, Grasmere and Langdale, people who need to come into Ambleside to access services.

“On-street parking charges will have an adverse effect on the community, both businesses and residents.

“The proposal to introduce on-street car parking charges to Ambleside will have an effect on the viability of the local shops who will also have to compete with a Sainsburys store.

“Shoppers faced with a charge to buy a loaf of bread and a pint of milk will instead use Sainsburys with their free parking facility.

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

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.

Matthew F. commented on the petition: “The one hour parking in Ambleside has worked effectively for years. It works for locals. Works for tourists. There's always a spot somewhere as the cars are moved every hour.

“This is a bad decision for the local economy and for quality of life.”

Andrew B. added: "I live in Langdale and run an online business, this means I visit the Post Office in Ambleside every day, spending several pounds there per year, and also picking up milk & bread too.

"With these parking charges I will switch to the Coniston Post Office."

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “The council has agreed to introduce charging for on-street parking as part of the budget for 2014/15 which was subject to a lengthy public consultation.

“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 generated from on-street parking charges will be used to pay for effective enforcement. It can also mean smoother traffic flows, more availability of parking in the highest demand areas and benefits for businesses through an increase in available spaces.”

Sign the petition at: www.you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/say-no-to-on-street-parking-charges.

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3:09pm Thu 17 Apr 14

RainGod says...

Despite living in an area very busy with tourism I have been pleased to find the parking arrangements in Ambleside and Windermere to be very effective for allowing some semblance of a normal life.

No longer it would seem!

What next, overnight parking charges? I laughed at the money-grabbing nature of that when I first saw it in Cornwall. I laughed too soon, but at least Kendal saw the error in that one.
Despite living in an area very busy with tourism I have been pleased to find the parking arrangements in Ambleside and Windermere to be very effective for allowing some semblance of a normal life. No longer it would seem! What next, overnight parking charges? I laughed at the money-grabbing nature of that when I first saw it in Cornwall. I laughed too soon, but at least Kendal saw the error in that one. RainGod
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10:44pm Thu 17 Apr 14

davidearnshaw says...

No matter what "excuse" is mooted by those Councillors who are dictating this scheme say ----- it is purely and simply a means of raising finance, ( which is illegal if the raised finance is not put back into transport related issues ---- via recent High Court Ruling in a London Borough ) not a means of controlling traffic flow etc ---- we suddenly don't have simultaneous need across the county to sort out "traffic congestion" in our towns ----- please Councillors give some of us credit for seeing through this --- mad hat and thoughtless for locals and local service business -----scheme ---- which is guaranteed to cause significant inconvenience and cost to many ( another stealth tax ) -- especially the elderly / infirm, mothers with children having to seek out a ticket machine in all weathers and lighting conditions and then go back to their vehicle --- that is unless unsightly and inappropriate machines are placed every 10 yds. As for saying most towns in UK have them ---- this is just many miles from the truth ---- maybe in cities and large towns, but not small towns such as in The Lakes and Cumbria ---- I have recently travelled extensively around the north half of Norfolk, and the Cotswolds, and not found one town with on street car park charges; how is it that Northumbria has seen sense and virtually abolished all car parking charges having agreed that it will be for the betterment and increased viability of local small shops / businesses; why should any of us have to pay what amounts to a tax on stopping for 10 --- 15 mins to go to the bank, the chemist, the grocer, the butcher and the baker; I urge all residents to write to their County Councillor expressing disgust about this scheme, and sending a copy to the Chief Executive of Cumbria CC ---- please seek out ---- ask at the local shops check out -- and sign a petition.
No matter what "excuse" is mooted by those Councillors who are dictating this scheme say ----- it is purely and simply a means of raising finance, ( which is illegal if the raised finance is not put back into transport related issues ---- via recent High Court Ruling in a London Borough ) not a means of controlling traffic flow etc ---- we suddenly don't have simultaneous need across the county to sort out "traffic congestion" in our towns ----- please Councillors give some of us credit for seeing through this --- mad hat and thoughtless for locals and local service business -----scheme ---- which is guaranteed to cause significant inconvenience and cost to many ( another stealth tax ) -- especially the elderly / infirm, mothers with children having to seek out a ticket machine in all weathers and lighting conditions and then go back to their vehicle --- that is unless unsightly and inappropriate machines are placed every 10 yds. As for saying most towns in UK have them ---- this is just many miles from the truth ---- maybe in cities and large towns, but not small towns such as in The Lakes and Cumbria ---- I have recently travelled extensively around the north half of Norfolk, and the Cotswolds, and not found one town with on street car park charges; how is it that Northumbria has seen sense and virtually abolished all car parking charges having agreed that it will be for the betterment and increased viability of local small shops / businesses; why should any of us have to pay what amounts to a tax on stopping for 10 --- 15 mins to go to the bank, the chemist, the grocer, the butcher and the baker; I urge all residents to write to their County Councillor expressing disgust about this scheme, and sending a copy to the Chief Executive of Cumbria CC ---- please seek out ---- ask at the local shops check out -- and sign a petition. davidearnshaw
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5:57am Fri 18 Apr 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

'Parking Mad' coming to a Cumbrian town near you! I never thought I would see the day. Welcome to The Lakes now stand and deliver!
'Parking Mad' coming to a Cumbrian town near you! I never thought I would see the day. Welcome to The Lakes now stand and deliver! Grumpyoldbiker
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