A public survey aiming to establish residents’ and business owners’ views over controversial parking proposals in Keswick’s ‘back streets’ is being distributed by Trudy Harrison in a bid to ‘understand the challenges.’
Last month Trudy joined residents and business owners at a public meeting in Keswick after concerns were raised within the community about plans to introduce a residents’ parking scheme in an attempt to tackle the town’s car parking issues.
Cumbria County Council’s proposals include imposing two-hour daily restrictions to be in operation from 8:30am – 6pm with permits being issued to all local residents with cars and to some B&B guests.
Business owners and residents claim that introducing a parking scheme do not take into account the needs of local residents and businesses.
The first phase of surveys are set to be distributed this Friday with the deadline for submission Friday 10 August - the results will be analysed and the findings made available to constituents at a public meeting to take place in the autumn.
It was suggested that a survey would help to identify the exact issues surrounding parking within the town.
In addition to the survey, Mrs Harrison, recently pledged to stay in Keswick during August bank holiday weekend to speak with businesses, residents and visitors and to conduct her own parking assessment.
Mrs Harrison said this is to assess the requirements or needs of businesses and residents, to understand if there is a significant issue and when/where specifically the it is.
She said: “I was called by residents and business owners to discuss the situation of parking in the back streets of Keswick. It became apparent in that meeting that there had been no assessment of the current parking availability and need, in all its permutations.
“It was agreed by all at the meeting that this should be a first step - an un-biased current assessment, which I was only too happy to help with.
“Keswick Town Council, Cumbria County Council, Allerdale Borough Council, the Lake District National Park, as organisations making decisions about Keswick will play their part but this is about an overarching understanding ahead of any talk of solutions.”
Mrs Harrison said it would help her to better understand how many parking spaces are required when and by who, and for what.
She continued: “There has been much talk of park and ride schemes, on street permits, and more parking generally. But I’m also keen to see less cars in the town by providing better walking, cycling and public transport options, particularly for visitors. The Keswick to Penrith rail line opening for example, would make a world of difference.
“The survey will take two minutes to complete and has various easy options for its return: with collection on Friday afternoon, free post or email back to me.
“I will continue to work with all Fair Parking for Keswick and all organisations, and would be pleased to attend a public meeting to discuss the issues further.”