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01/03/2011 - Scrutiny Panel makes recommendations about car parks

At its meeting last Friday (25 February 2011) Allerdale Borough Council’s Scrutiny Panel made recommendations following its review of the management of the Council’s car parks.

The Scrutiny Panel was asked to review the management of the Council’s off-street car parks in Allerdale following a petition to full Council in August 2010 by Cockermouth Chamber of Trade.

Councillor Trevor Fee, who chaired the Scrutiny Panel, said: “There has been much debate on this issue as car parking is a subject that is important to residents, shoppers, workers and tourists. The Panel has considered all points of view as part of this review process and I would like to thank the members of the Panel for putting so much work into this review, as well as those members of the community who came to our meetings to give their opinion and provide evidence.

“Some of the proposals that will go forward for the Executive to consider include rationalising the designated long stay car parks in Cockermouth and Keswick to have the charging options for ½ hour, 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours and 11 hours. This would allow such as Wakefield Road car park in Cockermouth to change from the minimum charge of 2 hours to a possible ½ hour upwards.

“The Panel also agreed to recommend that Market Hill car park in Wigton should be designated as disc parking with one hour free upon displaying of disc with no return within 3 hours, and also an exemption from the time restriction for Allerdale car parking permits.

“Panel members recommended a proposal to look at the most economical and efficient way of operating a ‘discount car park permit’ for town centre workers. The proposal is for a discount permit for a single town at a price of £100 and when this is displayed the bearer must purchase either a discounted pay and display ticket for a fee of £1 or purchase the time through our current mobile phone payment scheme. The purpose of such a scheme would allow those members of the public who find the current cost to be prohibitive to spread the cost of their parking over the year. There is also a recommendation to look at the feasibility of differing payment methods for car park season tickets, such as direct debit.

“Implementation of disc parking within car parks that are currently free and the investigation into the impacts of a one-hour parking fee on Central Station and Brow Top car parks in Workington are also recommended.

“The Panel also supported the proposal of working in partnership with Cockermouth Chamber of Trade to pilot a ‘free after 3’ scheme in Wakefield Road car park. This pilot would need to be fully evaluated and the results brought back to a future meeting of the Scrutiny Panel for discussion of the potential for such a scheme to be rolled out across the borough.“

Full details of the Scrutiny Panel’s parking review and all their recommendations can be seen in the agenda reports and minutes available on the Council’s website.

The recommendations of the Scrutiny Panel will be presented to the Council’s Executive for consideration.

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