UPDATED: Parking meters plan for Bowness, Ambleside and Kendal now 'on ice' after Tories call it in

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to introduce parking meters in South Lakeland are to be temporarily put on ice.

Coun James Airey, leader of the Conservatives on the county council, confirmed this afternoon that his group is formally seeking a review of the decision - called a 'call in'.

"We are not giving up on the fight and are going to call the process in," explained Coun Airey from Urswick.

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"There's a lot of good reasons to call it in because it has been a terrible decision. It is not going anywhere now for two to three weeks."

Coun Airey said questions needed answering about the committee process because a 3,000-signature public petition against the meters was not formally handed in at the meeting, and two Liberal Dem councillors Coun Brenda Gray and Coun Shirley Evans attended the committee but chose to leave before the final vote.

Last week, the Lib Dem-controlled South Lakes Local Committee of the county council voted 9-4 to start the process for introducing the charges.

Coun Gray spoke during the debate, telling the committee she was 'absolutely divided on whether to vote', and left the meeting before the vote was held, as did fellow Lib Dem Coun Shirley Evans.

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However, Ambleside Coun Heidi Halliday, who has spoken out against the introduction of meters defied the Lib Dem line and voted against.

The roads affected include The Glebe in Bowness, and Lake Road (north) and Wansfell Road in Ambleside.

Five streets in Kendal - Allhallows Lane, Stramongate, Maude Street, Gillingate and Dowker's Lane - are pencilled-in for the machines.

Cumbria County Council said: "The guiding principle of ‘calling in’ a decision is built into the council’s constitution.

"This to give members the opportunity to challenge, question, or make constructive criticism of a decision.

"In the event that a local committee decision is called in for valid reasons, then it is reviewed by the council’s Scrutiny Management Board, who may decide to question members or officers about the merits of the decision and the concerns raised in the call-in.

"Scrutiny may also then decide to refer the decision back to the local committee if there are concerns or recommendations arising from their further examination.

"The local committee would then be required to consider these comments or recommendations before deciding whether to uphold or amend their original decision.

"In practical terms, it means the local committee’s decision cannot be ratified and the consultation process on the proposed streets in the experimental traffic regulation order cannot begin until these steps have been taken.”                                                                                                                                                               

How they voted

FOR THE METERS

Coun Stan Collins (LD)

Coun Geoff Cook (LD)

Coun Nick Cotton (LD)

Coun David Fletcher (LD)

Coun Clare Feeney-Johnson (LD)

Coun John McCreesh (LD)

Coun Ian Stewart (LD)

Coun Janet Willis (LD)

Coun Mark Wilson (LAB)

 

AGAINST THE METERS

Coun James Airey (Cons)

Coun Jim Bland (Cons)

Coun Heidi Halliday (LD)

Coun Bill Wearing (Cons)

 

ABSENT

Coun Roger Bingham (Cons, not present)

Coun Shirley Evans (LD left meeting)

Coun Brenda Gray (LD left meeting)

Coun Jo Stephenson (LD, not present)

Coun Rod Wilson (LD, not present)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10:22pm Tue 22 Jul 14

maureen101 says...

Forget shopping in Kendal, it seems we are being discouraged. Fire up the laptop, sit back and let the parcels be delivered
Less stress and no parking difficulties. Oh yes , and the town centre will be eerily quiet too before long.
Forget shopping in Kendal, it seems we are being discouraged. Fire up the laptop, sit back and let the parcels be delivered Less stress and no parking difficulties. Oh yes , and the town centre will be eerily quiet too before long. maureen101
  • Score: 9

10:24pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Lakeuk says...

Disappointing to read who left the meeting before voting, of which one is the local councillor represents the ward I'm in :(

Also scanning the minutes it highlights the lack of transparency, for example the minutes state who was present but in this case we know who did a disappearing act come to vote due the to a call for it to be recorded. Normally you wouldn't see this and assume a mark of being present means your councillor actually voted (but this may not be the case) - Shouldn't all votes should be recorded as at matter of course so the voters know how their councillor has represented the ward - TRANSPARENCY !!

With all the technology available, the councils (district/county) should be doing more than the old fashioned minutes but I guess councils/councillors are scared that wider public will be shocked at how councillors conduct themselves in meetings.
Disappointing to read who left the meeting before voting, of which one is the local councillor represents the ward I'm in :( Also scanning the minutes it highlights the lack of transparency, for example the minutes state who was present but in this case we know who did a disappearing act come to vote due the to a call for it to be recorded. Normally you wouldn't see this and assume a mark of being present means your councillor actually voted (but this may not be the case) - Shouldn't all votes should be recorded as at matter of course so the voters know how their councillor has represented the ward - TRANSPARENCY !! With all the technology available, the councils (district/county) should be doing more than the old fashioned minutes but I guess councils/councillors are scared that wider public will be shocked at how councillors conduct themselves in meetings. Lakeuk
  • Score: 10

5:20am Wed 23 Jul 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

According to BBC Radio Cumbria, CCC are going to put parking meters up in Carlisle city centre. Have they already bought them and are now using a scatter gun approach to site them after there are not going to be so many our end of the county?
According to BBC Radio Cumbria, CCC are going to put parking meters up in Carlisle city centre. Have they already bought them and are now using a scatter gun approach to site them after there are not going to be so many our end of the county? Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 0

3:09am Sun 27 Jul 14

Fishing mad says...

Where do they mean when they say lake road (North)??
Where do they mean when they say lake road (North)?? Fishing mad
  • Score: 0

2:11am Tue 29 Jul 14

onelocal says...

Fishing mad wrote:
Where do they mean when they say lake road (North)??
The ten or so spaces between Loughrigg Avenue and The Log House.
[quote][p][bold]Fishing mad[/bold] wrote: Where do they mean when they say lake road (North)??[/p][/quote]The ten or so spaces between Loughrigg Avenue and The Log House. onelocal
  • Score: 1

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