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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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More than 900 join campaigners in fight to stop Barrow parking charges

SHOPPERS and traders united over the weekend in Barrow to vent their anger at proposed on-street parking meters which they say will empty more shops.

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CAMPAIGNERS Ali Rigg and a team of volunteers about to start collecting signatures against parking meters. From left, Ian Whittall, Kate Jordan, Val Ayres, Ali Rigg, Frances Hodkinson, Jean Murphy and Sue Walters. Right, Imogen Reed, 14, signs the petition watched by Dad Jason

YOUR VIEW: Barrow on-street parking charges

More than 900 signatures were collected in Barrow town centre on Saturday during the latest spate of action against the idea of charging people to park in several streets.

The plan has been criticised by stall holders and residents who believe the money raised by the local authority will be countered by the amount of business lost.

The protest was held in Portland Walk, next to the Spirit of Barrow statue, to put pressure on councillors ahead of Wednesday’s meeting. It was organised by Ali Rigg, 43, of Sandscale.

In three hours, nearly 1,000 people added their support to the campaign.

Mrs Rigg said: “I understand the need for parking meters in tourist attractions and city centres, places where there is a lot of traffic and congestion, but in Barrow? It will empty more shops.

“It is important that the momentum keeps going.”

Call for rethink on parking proposals

THE Evening Mail calls on Cumbria County Council to re-examine its decision to pass on-street parking charges – and in so doing listen to the voice of the public.

While most members of the community accept that in tough economic times, difficult decisions must be made, this appears to be a scheme that will do nothing more than help the council to pay its bills.

It is difficult to accurately predict the impact on-street parking will have on the local economy. What can be stated however, is the degree to which traders feel their livelihoods will be affected.

Getting the council to change its mind will be an uphill struggle. But if the level of public disquiet at the decision is made clear, we will at least have achieved something.

You can add your name to a petition calling for a rethink of the plans at independent stores in Barrow town centre. And you can make your views on the matter known in the comments section below.

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