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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Barrow traders vow to keep on fighting parking charges

TRADERS are refusing to accept controversial plans for on-street parking despite the move being passed by councillors.

A petition presented against the charges is set to be presented on behalf of traders to Cumbria County Council at the local area committee for Barrow tomorrow.

Last week the measures were approved by the county council after councillors said that with ever-growing pressures on budgets they could no longer afford to keep parking free.

Barrow, Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Workington and Whitehaven are among the areas where the fees will be introduced this year.

Hannah Bell, secretary of the Furness branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “This is an issue members have been very passionate about.

“It has come up at a lot of meetings – both locally and regionally.

“In fact, it was raised by the chairman of the FSB when he met (Labour leader) Ed Miliband in March, so it is an issue that has been taken right to the very top.”

The meeting is the first in Barrow since members of the county council’s cabinet took the decision last week.

Councillor Kevin Hamilton, chairman of the committee, said he understands a petition from the FSB will be presented to the committee during a public participation section of the meeting.

In Ulverston, David Gummers, who owns F Dickinson Footwear in King Street, said he was concerned the town could be the next target.

He said: “Is the long term aim of the council not to have any independent retailers anywhere in the county?

“In 10 years’ time, if the county council parking charges keep increasing, people will just go to Tesco and the other big retailers where they can park for free.

“What they really need is a dose of reality. It just makes me despair.”

The meeting takes place at Barrow Fire Station, in Walney Road, Barrow, from 9.45am.

Have your say

Maybe the Councillors here want the town just for them. They don't fight for anything, this. Comes on the back of the Fire Service cuts which they didn't fight for. I certainly won't be going into town for anything in future. So they won't get the expected revenue if most people who shop in Barrow feel the same. If the result of this is more closed shops then that means loss of business rates. It is Polling Day today and I have never missed voting, yet it is less than 2 hours before the close and I honestly do not see any point in voting for councillors that don't care about the town they represent. Having said that is there even a vote for local councillors? I have not seen 1 leaflet or as is the norm not 1 one councillor knocking on doors. They are do confident they are going to get returned every year they don't need to bother canvassing. It cost us more than 1 million last year for Cumbria County Councillors for attendencies and expenses on top of that are the local Barrow Councillors who Are in the main the same people. I hope that people who did vote today have used their vote to tell them we have had enough!

Posted by June on 22 May 2014 at 20:26

RIP Barrow. This is yet another nail in the coffins for the smaller retailers in Barrow! Yet again the clueless Council strick. Barrow is becoming more of a ghost town month by month. If this comes in the "roofless shopping centre" of Portland Walk, Dalton Road & the main shopping area will be just full of boarded up & empty shops! All for a few extra pounds. SHAME ON YOU at Cumbria & Barrow Council! The supermarkets will be the only shops left. GREED!is an understatement! Bye bye local shops. Hello Ghost Town :-(

Posted by David "shamed to be Barrovian" on 20 May 2014 at 20:42

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