Tories would 'rip out and skip' parking meters if they take control of Cumbria
Last updated at 09:37, Friday, 20 June 2014
Opponents to plans for on-street parking charges in Cumbria say the scheme is faltering and should be ditched.
Cumbria County Council’s opposition group leader James Airey pledged he would rip out parking meters across the county if his party took future control of the authority.
He tackled authority leaders over the controversial roadside tariff – set to be introduced in 11 towns including Carlisle, Penrith and Keswick – at a meeting yesterday.
“The whole process is in disarray,” he told councillors.
“I hope you will agree that this whole scheme is faltering and should be ditched.
“And I can promise you this; it will be a complete waste of money because this group under my leadership will rip out meters right across Cumbria and they will go straight into skips.”
Carlisle Conservative councillor John Mallinson added: “I want to know that Keith Little, Stewart Young and the rest of the administration understand the opposition to these proposals and realise they are very unpopular and should be withdrawn.”
The comments are the latest in a series of criticisms to be hurled at the authority’s ruling Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition group leaders over the scheme. On-street parking charges are set to be recommended for roll-out on a number of roads in Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness, where there has been opposition to the plans, while Conservative members on Allerdale’s local committee are expected to vote against the installation of meters across the borough.
However, the authority’s administration claim the new charges will create a ‘pop and shop’ culture in town centres while funding the cost of parking enforcement across the county.
Keith Little, the councillor responsible for highways, said: “I wish people who are complaining now and writing letters and emails had done this during the consultation process. Maybe when we put out our proposals this year for next year they may read them more diligently.”
Mr Young added: “It would be easier to have a rational parking policy if we were a unitary authority – but we are not.”
First published at 09:35, Friday, 20 June 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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If us plebs threatened to rip out parking meters we would be arrested for threats to cause damage!
This policy is ill-conceived, will be damaging to tourism in Cumbria generally and to businesses in town/city centres. People will seek to use 'out of town' shopping centres and cause additional parking problems for residents living outside the metered area but within walking distance of the City centre. In spite of Keith Little's comment, few people are aware of proposals for the next year or the consultation process. They have handed the Tories a gift for the next local authority elections.
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