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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Parking charges frozen across Ulverston and South Lakes

PARKING fees have been frozen across Ulverston and South Lakeland for the third year running.

Members of South Lakeland District Council’s cabinet backed the proposal and also agreed a package of measures designed to take into account specific local issues raised after discussion with communities.

The other measures include:

Reducing tariffs in Milnthorpe to dissuade drivers from parking on nearby streets.

Evening closure of Braithwaite Fold car park, Bowness, to reduce problems caused by anti-social behaviour.

Free parking from 6pm until 8am the next day at Quarry Mount, Bowness

Cabinet also agreed to increase the cost of annual permits in 2014/15 by 7 per cent, making the yearly cost to private drivers £375 and business-users £510 (excluding Westmorland Shopping Centre)

A report to Cabinet highlighted the value of annual SLDC permits, which can be used in up to 34 car parks district-wide, to those in neighbouring Lancaster (£1125 for 3 city-centre sites) and Barrow (£720 for one site). The council has not applied an increase to annual permits since April 2011.

A trial of three and seven-day parking permits, throughout the district has been considered a success and will now be continued.

Councillor Giles Archibald, Portfolio Holder for Town Centres and Small Business, said: “I am pleased we have been able to maintain our daily fees at the same levels. We want to adopt a flexible, innovative, approach which shows we have listened.

“We are undertaking a review of car parking strategy and will be consulting with Parish and Town Council to discuss ideas.

“One idea was the Super Saturdays initiative done in consultation with Ulverston Town Council. Footfall in the town increased and it appears our revenues actually went up.

“We want to try and make our car parks more user-friendly and a little more helpful to local businesses. Our annual permits are fantastic value compared to other areas.”

Have your say

Bring back the free disabled parking. I know many disabled people who no longer visit Ulverston or Kendal because there is no longer any free parking so both towns have been deprived of their spending in the town. Shame on the Council.

Posted by John on 29 November 2013 at 11:24

Unlike in Barrow!! Maybe they should take a leaf out of South Lakes book

Posted by Mark C on 27 November 2013 at 15:46

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