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Council asks for comments on its proposed changes to its car parking service

18 November 2015

Allerdale Borough Council is calling on people and businesses in the area to comment on the proposed changes to its parking charges for 2016/17.

Whilst costs have increased, Allerdale Borough Council has not raised parking charges for the last four years. Alongside this, cuts to government grants mean the Council is facing a funding gap of around £3.47m over the four financial years to 2017/18. This needs to be addressed through further savings and increases in income.

Therefore, having looked at our charges, the Council is proposing to make a number of changes to its fees. However, these proposals are not simply to raise revenue. The Council is also keen to provide a better service to customers, encourage greater use of its long-stay car parks so that shoppers and visitors stay in town-centres longer, and ensure that as many people can park in the car parks as possible and not have to wait for a space to come available.

The proposals include an investment of £350,000 in new parking machines so that the Council can offer a more effective service to the customer allowing them more ways to pay, such as by card and by phone.

Where charges are to be raised, the Council has weighted any increases in favour of long-stay parking to encourage more customers and visitors to stay in towns for as long as possible.

In addition some charges are to be reduced. Short stay parking charges in Bell Close in Keswick is to be cut by 15p to 50p for the first 30 minutes. This is to make it easier for customers to pay and allowing people, including local residents, to “pop-and-shop”. There are also proposed reductions in charges at all long-stay car parks in Cockermouth (down 10%), and in Wigton’s Water Street car park (down 14%) when customers are staying for the longest periods.

It is proposed that the Council’s car park in Maryport will be made free – therefore joining the other 30 or so car parks the Council owns and manages that cost nothing to use. It is hoped these changes will encourage more people to visit the town.

Whilst there are proposed increases in parking charges in Workington’s short-stay car parks, long-stay charges are to remain the same with a minimum charge of £2.50 for 0-2 hours and a maximum of £5 for up to 14 hours.

It is proposed that the maximum stay in short stay car parks is reduced from three hours to two. This is to increase the number of people who can use the spaces available. If introduced, this would affect the car parks in Cockermouth (Fairfield), Keswick (Bell Close) and Workington (Udale Street and Ladies Walk).

The Council is also proposing to introduce a new flat £2 overnight fee for all its car parks where charges apply. It is also looking to change the hours during the day that charges apply. These are currently 8am-7pm. It is proposed to change these so that they are 7am–9pm.

“All Town” permits are proposed to increase to £500 for a year. This amounts to just £1.37 a day, and brings the charge largely in line with fees at other Cumbrian authorities. 

Michael Heaslip, Executive Member with responsibility for Locality and Commercial Services, said: “We appreciate that no-one likes paying for parking. However, it has been a number of years since the charges have changed and we think the time is right to review our charges.  In putting these proposals together, we have looked at the needs of each town, and listened to businesses who want people to stay for longer. We’ve also looked to allow as many people as possible to take advantage of short-stay parking – which will be welcomed by anyone who has sat in a queue waiting to park.”

The consultation is available on our website at and in hard copy version at our area offices. The Council will also be going out to Town Councils and other interested parties to hear their views. The closing date for responses is 14 January 2016. The proposals form part of the budget for 2016/17.



  1. Full details of the changes are available in the attached document.
  2. There are no changes to disabled parking facilities. Blue Badge holders will continue to be able to park for free in our car parks.
  3. Every year the Council has to agree a balanced budget – this means that it must balance its income against expenditure.  Government grants, which used to make up a significant proportion of the Council’s income, have been reducing year on year from £4.8m in 2013/14 to an estimated £2.2m in 2016/17. This means that a funding gap of around £3.47m over the four financial years to 2017/18 needs to be addressed through further savings and increases in income. This is out of a budget of just over £15m a year.

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