Lots of reader support for Advisor’s call to improve parking situation in downtown Whitehaven
READERS had a lot to say about the call for an urgent review of street parking restrictions in Whitehaven.
They are causing big problems in the city, says a city councilor.
The lack of short-term parking available in the downtown area affects residents and businesses that are already struggling, Borough and City Councilor Brian O’Kane said.
“Parking in Whitehaven is a big deal, it needs a full-scale review.
“The parking lots in town are adequate in the long term, the problem is in the short term. This is exacerbated by the number of disabled places.
“We need a revision of the offer to people with disabilities which is significant but well above the required average,” he said.
There have been numerous complaints about the lack of supply at Market Place, he said. “Traders say it’s having a bad effect on business,” he said.
A county council spokesperson said: “Parking restrictions are contained in traffic control ordinances (TRO) – they are reviewed periodically due to the extensive nature of the process involved. Whitehaven town center will soon undergo a TRO review in 2022-2023. ”
June Patrickson said: “They have to stop parking on both sides of Lowther Street, vehicles especially buses struggle to pass most of the time!”
Steve Cowles commented, “It’s good to see the advisers expressing a point of view. We had very good multi-story parking until they gave it up. ”
Alan Spedding added: “I have never seen a parking attendant work so fast. He issued three tickets on three cars in five minutes during the continental market. I commented that Linford Christie was not that fast but I just had a passionate look as he quickly disappeared from the scene.
“One of the cars got a ticket within 30 seconds of the owner running down the road to the cash machine, that’s how fast the manager leapt. No wonder people look down on them.”
John Anthony commented: “It’s ridiculous that supermarkets and stores outside the center have plenty of free parking, but downtown street parking is dominated by disabled parking.
“If you want to go to one of the shops in the market to quickly buy DIY or vegetables, then to be safe from overzealous traffic cops, the safest place to park is in Aldi . ”