Bid to block parking meters fails

Bid to stop parking meters fails

Bid to stop parking meters fails

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A LAST-ditch attempt to stop parking meters coming in on streets in Bowness, Kendal and Ambleside has failed.

Opposition Tories on Cumbria County Council won a hearing on Monday to review the decision to bring in the meters.

They argued that the scheme should be dropped following a 3,000-signature public petition and a ‘lack of public consultation’.

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However, the county’s scrutiny management board, meeting in Carlisle, agreed to uphold the original committee’s decision.

Back in July, the Lib Dem-controlled South Lakeland local committee agreed nine to four that the meters be introduced.

It means on-street parking charges will now come in at The Glebe in Bowness, and Lake Road (north) and Wansfell Road in Ambleside.

They will also be introduced on five streets in Kendal.

Coun James Airey, leader of the Tory opposition on the council, described it as ‘stubborn pride.’ Coun Airey still wants to know how many meters are coming in, how much they will cost and what they will make in revenue.

“We still haven’t been provided with a proper business case by officers and it’s back of the fag packet stuff,” said Coun Airey.

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“Why bother going ahead if they have taken out half of the meters? They’re sticking with this decision through stubborn pride.”

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1:14pm Fri 22 Aug 14

life cycle too says...

If the full council stick to their declared intention of ignoring local committees who chose not to have ANY meters, they might even decide the Glebe is not going to generate enough income to cover its costs, and impose all the original meters in the scheme.
After all, Jo Stephenson who brokered that arrangement is no longer able to argue the case, and John McCreesh already declared his support for the full scheme in his blog!
The County Council has a long history of wasting money on projects that fail to live up to their claims, and local businesses and council tax payers are left to pick up the cost!
If the full council stick to their declared intention of ignoring local committees who chose not to have ANY meters, they might even decide the Glebe is not going to generate enough income to cover its costs, and impose all the original meters in the scheme. After all, Jo Stephenson who brokered that arrangement is no longer able to argue the case, and John McCreesh already declared his support for the full scheme in his blog! The County Council has a long history of wasting money on projects that fail to live up to their claims, and local businesses and council tax payers are left to pick up the cost! life cycle too
  • Score: 15

3:02pm Fri 22 Aug 14

greenbell says...

This Council keeps coming up with these hairbrain schemes regardless of cost. They never work things out in advance. I blame those who keep voting them in!
This Council keeps coming up with these hairbrain schemes regardless of cost. They never work things out in advance. I blame those who keep voting them in! greenbell
  • Score: 14

1:34am Sat 23 Aug 14

ELBEAN says...

Apart from anything else they are just street clutter.
Apart from anything else they are just street clutter. ELBEAN
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Sat 23 Aug 14

magical trevor says...

The town centre in Kendal is a 'Conservation Area'.....I wonder if they will be forced to make them blend in to fit in with this status.
The town centre in Kendal is a 'Conservation Area'.....I wonder if they will be forced to make them blend in to fit in with this status. magical trevor
  • Score: 4

11:02am Sun 24 Aug 14

archiebored says...

could always hide them behind the A boards.
could always hide them behind the A boards. archiebored
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Sun 24 Aug 14

twitchy says...

With respect folks isn't the issue here about whether we should be accepting the on street parking meters that are being imposed on us by the LIB/Dem/Labour coalition in Carlisle, rather than how they will look in situ. Do you feel you have been adequately consulted about the proposal which was introduced as part of the Budget consultation ealier in the year? There are concerns that rather than a solution to traffic issues this is a way of raising revenue to fill the budget 'black hole' which CCC has most likely created for itself by wasting public money on failed schemes.
With respect folks isn't the issue here about whether we should be accepting the on street parking meters that are being imposed on us by the LIB/Dem/Labour coalition in Carlisle, rather than how they will look in situ. Do you feel you have been adequately consulted about the proposal which was introduced as part of the Budget consultation ealier in the year? There are concerns that rather than a solution to traffic issues this is a way of raising revenue to fill the budget 'black hole' which CCC has most likely created for itself by wasting public money on failed schemes. twitchy
  • Score: 1

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