On January 30th SLDC cabinet will be considering significant changes to the way evening car parking charges will be handled in South Lakes.
Basically, night time car parking charges will be scrapped. But only at the cost of car parks in the Lakes (Ambleside, Grasmere, Windermere and Bowness) having extended day time charges until 8pm. Meaning an increase of £3 for a resident or visitor using a car park during that time.
May I point out that car parking charges in Lakes car parks are already 25% higher than the rest of the District (£1.20 per hour vs £1.50 per hour) and there are no members of the SLDC cabinet from the Lakes.
As a sop there are three car parks where this will not be implemented in the Lakes:
Braithwaite fold in Bowness- which is long stay only, closed half of the year and at least five minute walk from any shops.
Low Fold in Ambleside – opposite Hayes, on the site where SLDC abandoned toilet and away from town centre
Red Bank Grasmere – Next to discounted car parking provided by the Church anyway.
So whilst I welcome the effort to remove night time charges from across the district it has been achieved solely by heaping the burden on our lakes residents who already contribute most.
Also proposed are new short term permits, that can be used District wide for 3 or 7 days. This is a very welcome move set to bring in £13,000 in added revenue. The administration had voted against permits proposed last year.