Windermere Councillor starts petition to ask South Lakeland District Council to scrap parking charges
On Friday 17th July the high streets Minister, Marcus Jones MP, said that small-town high street shoppers should be able to park for free to help provide a boost to local shops and stop them from closing.
The comments came after Cardigan council in Wales allowed people to park in the town centre for free when thieves destroyed the town’s four parking machines. Custom in local shops increased by up to 50 per cent following the vandalism.
South Lakeland District Council charges more than all neighbouring Councils and now Councillor Ben Berry says the situation needs to be reviewed. He is calling on residents and businesses to sign a petition on ben-berry.co.uk calling on the Council to drop the charges and “free the high street”.
Marcus Jones MP commented saying “Unfair parking fines push up the cost of living and undermine high streets. Instead, councils should be focusing their efforts on supporting our town centres and motorists, not by raising money through over-zealous parking enforcement.”
Ben Berry said “This needs to be looked at. Everyone knows parking charges are a deterrent making many go to large outlets or supermarkets instead. Sign the petition and lets get South Lakeland District Council to have a look at this.”
The petition can be found here: