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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Parking shake-up in historic area of Carlisle

A shake-up of parking in Carlisle’s historic core is to go ahead.

Some signs and yellow lines deemed unsightly will disappear under moves to enhance the area around the cathedral and Tullie House Museum and make it a “restricted parking zone”.

The move will prevent parking or waiting anywhere other than marked bays in Fisher Street, Market Street, St Mary’s Gate, Annetwell Street, Abbey Street, Paternoster Row and most of Castle Street and West Walls.

The restrictions will apply to disabled blue badge holders too.

The move creates some new lengths of blue badge-only parking and loading bays, and also disc spaces to meet concerns from businesses that reducing on-street parking would deter shoppers.

The plan was agreed, with some variations to accommodate loading for businesses, at a meeting of Cumbria County Council’s local committee for Carlisle.

Concerns were raised about the impact of the location of loading bays on businesses such as Bookends bookshop in Castle Street and The Brickyard concert venue in Fisher Street.

Councillors asked for changes to be considered to help them out.

Willie Whalen, Labour councillor for Castle ward, said: “It’s a vibrant part of Carlisle.

“But with regards both the people who reside in that area and the people who do business there, we’ve got to do all we can to accommodate them and listen to their needs.”

A report to the committee had said that the existing arrangements meant many people park, often using blue badges, and load in “inappropriate locations”.

This, it said, led to obstructions to traffic and detracted from the appearance of this historic part of the city.

The plan is meant to ensure that all parking and loading takes place only in set locations.

The meeting was held at The Courts in English Street yesterday.

Have your say

Thing is not everyone is obese nor does everyone live within walking distance,unless an athlete!

Elites took away our Land that was free in nature and they took the heart and soul from the man.

Posted by Pete on 20 March 2014 at 12:07

i would demolish hoppers.and make a car park on the space. it would be a brilliant central location for visitors to the historic area. and locals ridding most of Abbey street,castle street,annetwell parking zones clear.

Posted by holly on 19 March 2014 at 15:35

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