Just to be clear, Cumbria County Council is currently consulting on eighteen sets of proposals to amend parking restrictions in many parts of Whitehaven. One of the proposals appears to directly affect the part of Mirehouse which falls within the Egremont North and St Bees Division which I represent on the County Council: others would have a more indirect effect on residents of the division.
These proposals were prepared by county council officers following concerns over parking issues in Whitehaven, which have worsened in recent years, with householders and councillors expressing concern about indiscriminate parking around the town and surrounding areas.
Eighteen areas including Whitehaven Market Place, town centre streets and roads in Hensingham, Harbour and Bransty wards are included in the proposals from Cumbria County Council officers.
There is a report in this week's Whitehaven News about the proposals which you can read at
Tonight's meeting was specifically about the Market Street elements of the proposals.
I didn't know that until I arrived but would still have attended to listen to what the local traders had to say, because as a member of the Copeland Local Committee I will have a vote on what happens to all these proposals and it is only right that I should be aware of the views of local residents and businesses.
The people at this evening's meeting were supportive of the need to do something to improve road safety and reduce irresponsible parking in the area but made a lot of valid points about the need for their suppliers to deliver, and their customers to collect, heavy items which neither can reasonable be expected to carry for long distances to or from their vehicles.