Lakes Parish Council passes vote of no confidence in Cumbria County Council over on-street parking fees

The Westmorland Gazette: Ambleside Ambleside

A PARISH council has delivered a unanimous vote of no confidence in Cumbria County Council following its decision to introduce on-street parking charges.

Lakes Parish Council said it was evident the local authority could not be trusted to ensure the economic future of the Lake District.

They are calling on the Boundary Commission to scrap the county and replace it with two unitary authorities – Cumberland and Westmorland – and six district councils.

The meeting heard that many decisions regarding the Lake District were driven by West Coast councillors, who thought the region was ‘very prosperous’ but who were out of the loop and knew little about the area.

Councillors said the char-ges were nothing more than a money-making scheme to plug a £24m gap in Cum-bria’s budget without calculating the effect on Ambleside.

The charges were dubbed an ‘aggressive tax on hard-pressed residents and visitors’.

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Coun Kevin McCarten said he had completed research which revealed average earnings in Workington were 20 per cent higher than the low wage economy of central Lakes, yet house prices in the Lakes were 400 per cent higher.

The charges would be ‘utterly disastrous‘ and would devastate business on Ambleside’s streets, the meeting was told.

Approving the cost-cutting plans as part of the county council 2014/2015 budget earlier this month, cabinet members spoke of how parking income could protect vital services for the most vulnerable.

But Coun Fiona Sparrow said parking profits would normally be ploughed back into parking services and questioned the legality of using income to fund other services.

Lakes councillors said that the ‘no confidence’ motion was in no way a criticism of Lakes County Coun Heidi Halliday, who had helped gather a petition of 1,800 signatures and promised to continue her opposition to the plan, although it was against party lines.

The vote of ‘no confidence’ will be sent to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.

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5:14pm Wed 28 May 14

Fenderee Durathor says...

Trouble at th' Mill with the old LieDems?

So the local LieDem members on Cumbria County Council cabinet vote for the street parking charges, yet the LieDems in charge of their own little fiefdoms refuse to accept the decision!

The sooner that Timid Farton comes back from his Jollies to wade into this the better - then we can all see what total lying hypocrites this barmy lot of Tango NIMBYs really are.
Trouble at th' Mill with the old LieDems? So the local LieDem members on Cumbria County Council cabinet vote for the street parking charges, yet the LieDems in charge of their own little fiefdoms refuse to accept the decision! The sooner that Timid Farton comes back from his Jollies to wade into this the better - then we can all see what total lying hypocrites this barmy lot of Tango NIMBYs really are. Fenderee Durathor
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5:29pm Wed 28 May 14

davidearnshaw says...

This is first class news, and I am certain that virtually everyone in Cumbria will be right behind this decision by The Lakes Parish Council; would it were that more local bodies representing Cumbrians North to South and East to West do the same ----- come on Cumbrians ---- just do it !!! ; meet in emergency sessions ---- lobby lobby your COUNTY COUNCILLORS ----- LABOUR AND LIB DEMS ( who are in a truly ill conceived alliance --- power and ?? glory) who have been whipped into being party to this ill thought out scheme, by party leaders and advisors and officers seeing pound notes filling their coffers from the Honey Pot towns of Lakeland -- it seems they care not what chaos and distress they will have caused -- taxing those who have to park for chemists, post office services, bakers and Banks and potentially pushing the town street parkers of now into already car crowded residential areas ---- Councillors -- please see sense ---- time to rebel against the whips, stand up and be counted, earn respect from the voters -- otherwise there could be big changes at the next County elections; Why are other Counties deciding to remove car parking charges altogether ?? ---- York , Northumbria, non in Norfolk or the Cotswolds --- all because they can see that no charges will fill the town centres, and allow them to prosper ---- here we will see service shops closing and town centres dying ---- this has to be stopped. It is time for some naming and shaming of those most involved in decision making; names and parties will be supplied.
This is first class news, and I am certain that virtually everyone in Cumbria will be right behind this decision by The Lakes Parish Council; would it were that more local bodies representing Cumbrians North to South and East to West do the same ----- come on Cumbrians ---- just do it !!! ; meet in emergency sessions ---- lobby lobby your COUNTY COUNCILLORS ----- LABOUR AND LIB DEMS ( who are in a truly ill conceived alliance --- power and ?? glory) who have been whipped into being party to this ill thought out scheme, by party leaders and advisors and officers seeing pound notes filling their coffers from the Honey Pot towns of Lakeland -- it seems they care not what chaos and distress they will have caused -- taxing those who have to park for chemists, post office services, bakers and Banks and potentially pushing the town street parkers of now into already car crowded residential areas ---- Councillors -- please see sense ---- time to rebel against the whips, stand up and be counted, earn respect from the voters -- otherwise there could be big changes at the next County elections; Why are other Counties deciding to remove car parking charges altogether ?? ---- York , Northumbria, non in Norfolk or the Cotswolds --- all because they can see that no charges will fill the town centres, and allow them to prosper ---- here we will see service shops closing and town centres dying ---- this has to be stopped. It is time for some naming and shaming of those most involved in decision making; names and parties will be supplied. davidearnshaw
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