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18/10/2012 - Councils to hold Carlisle parking consultation

Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council will be seeking views from members of the public about on-street parking in the city centre's Historic Quarter and in Disc Zones A, C, and D and E and how they think it can be improved.

Informal Drop in sessions will be available on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October at the Old Town Hall in the city centre between 10am and 4pm for residents and visitors to come along and have their say.

The sessions are part of the councils' plan to carry out a review of on-street parking throughout the city and the views of the public will be crucial in putting those plans together.

The information collected at the drop in sessions will be used towards the development of a Carlisle Parking Strategy, which will ensure that parking best meets the needs of Carlisle's residents and visitors.

At the Old Town Hall plans will be on display showing what on-street parking there currently is in and around the city centre and the partnership will be looking to the public to comment on how they use this and for any improvements they think could be made.

The City Council's proposals to introduce a restricted parking zone in the Historic Core around Carlisle Cathedral will also be on display, and views on these proposals will also be welcomed.

For those who cannot make the sessions, they can complete a survey online at from Friday 26 October to Sunday 11 November.

Cllr Tony Markley, cabinet member for highways, said: "Initially views will be sought to find out what currently works well, what does not work well and how things could be changed. We know that the subject of on-street parking is a hot topic among the public and it's only right that we seek their opinion before making a decision on any changes.

"Everyone and anyone is welcome to come to the sessions to give their views, I strongly encourage the people of Carlisle to take this opportunity to shape how our parking structure will look in the future."

Cllr Elsie Martlew, City Council Portfolio holder for Environment & Transport, said: "As part of the city centre historic quarter proposals, there is an increase in on-street parking places and the creation of dedicated spaces for Blue Badge holders. We want to hear what local people and businesses think of the plans, as their opinion will have a major say on what is put in place."