POLICIES encouraging bus and bike use have been described as 'nonsense' by readers angry at the recent closure of Coniston's Yewdale Road Car Park.

Phil Johnston lodged an appeal at the end of 2021 after the Lake District National Park Authority refused his plan to turn Lands Field in Yewdale Road, Coniston, into a seasonal car park.

Signs have now gone up on the gate to the car park saying: 'Closed'.

The plan would have seen the field be used as a seasonal 200-space car park, to be used between March 1 and November 5 each year, so that Coniston could accommodate the influx of visitors during the warmer months.


lakesailor said: "The nonsense policy of the LDNPA of encouraging National Park usage whilst imagining that people will come on the train and use bikes to travel about needs addressing by logic.

"If there are fewer parking spaces, the extra visitors merely circulate the honey-pot destinations, in their vehicles, until a space appears, causing more congestion and pollution."

lou48 said: "The residents in Coniston are living within the NP, where others wish to visit and enjoy the scenery. They need to welcome things to ease congestion during the busy months, as it won't stop people from coming.

"Shut tourism down and there would be nothing left for people to make a living there."

tiger0cub said: "There are two other car parks in Coniston: one at the tourist centre and another at the old railway site.

"I think if permission had been allowed it would have eventually turned into a glamping site which was originally refused."

Shovel or Spade? said: "The answer is not to keep bringing visitor cars into the National Park but keep them out. Investment is needed for proper park and ride services running regular reliable small buses into the popular tourist areas from hubs outside the park and further shuttle links in between.

"Also, there should be more investment into developing alternative employment sites around the edges of the Park especially for many online-enabled businesses to reduce reliance on tourism."