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Public urged to take a stand against Cumbria parking meters

THE business community is being urged to give their opinions on controversial Cumbria street parking charges.

Cumbria County Council is set to install solar-powered parking meters on town centre roads later this year in a bid to raise cash for parking enforcement.

Members of Barrow Traders Association are appealing for views from both business owners and the public on the issue.

Association chairman Stuart Groundwater said information passed to him would be essential ahead of a planned walk around the town with the county council’s local committee member for Barrow, Councillor Kevin Hamilton. He said existing feedback showed many shop owners and business people were completely opposed to the new roadside tariff over fears it could damage the economy of the town centre.

He said: “With time now short, it is imperative that members of the public and business domain share their views with us so we can take these comments to the council and try to get these meters stopped.

“We all need to show a strong sense of community when problems like this arise. The more people make a stand, the more our views will be listened to.

“Many business owners have said they may as well shut up shop which is really sad to hear.”

The walk is set to go ahead within the next fortnight before the Barrow local committee members meet to vote on the proposals on Monday, July 14.

County council bosses claim the meters could be operational by the end of the year.

Anyone who would like to have their say on the issue is asked to email their opinions to barrowtradersassociation@hotmail.co.uk

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I'd imagine a decent silver spray paint on the solar panel will sort this whole dick Turpin of a mess out.

Posted by Mike on 8 July 2014 at 20:03

we don't get much sun round here so they probably wont work anyways

Posted by Andy on 8 July 2014 at 19:50

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