Plans to introduce on-street parking charges in Cockerton abandoned by council in face of public opposition

CONTENTIOUS ISSUE: Street parking near Cockerton Green

CONTENTIOUS ISSUE: Street parking near Cockerton Green

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PLANS to introduce on-street parking charges in Cockerton have been abandoned by Darlington Borough Council after an outcry from local residents and businesses.

The council had suggested the introduction of parking charges in the village to tackle congestion and inconsiderate parking as part of a wider consultation into a new parking strategy for Darlington.

The strategy consultation also invited opinions on ways to improve the parking offer in the town centre and the system of residents’ parking zones.

Dozens of comments on the proposals for on-street parking charges for Cockerton were submitted, with an ‘overwhelming response’ that there is no parking problem in the village and no need for pay and display parking.

When the proposals were first announced in September last year business owners in Cockerton said they feared pay and display parking in the streets could lead to a drop in customers and kill off trade in the village.

In a report prepared for the authority’s place scrutiny committee officers said: “The overwhelming response from both residents and businesses in Cockerton is that there is no parking problem and that there is no need to undertake a feasibility study, nor any need to introduce residents parking zones (RPZ), pay and display or time limited parking.

“Most residents are tolerant of the parking associated with dropping off and picking up of children at the two schools and of the parking associated with daily events and activities at the nearby churches.

“Reflecting on comments from Cockerton residents and businesses it is proposed that the action ‘Investigate feasibility of on street pay and display parking in Cockerton centre’ is taken out of the Parking Strategy.”

A large number of comments were sent to the council about town centre parking and residents’ parking zones.

On town centre parking, many respondents asked for three hours of free parking, while others asked for free parking with the chance to pay for extra hours. Pay on exit parking was also a popular idea, as was a return to free parking on a Sunday.

Members will discuss the consultation responses in full at a meeting on Thursday (February 6).

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12:56pm Sat 1 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

Hooray for the Public Opinion, DBC has seen the sense in not imposing this, But i wonder what they will come up with in lieu of this scheme.
Bill and His Buddies will not miss a trick.
Hooray for the Public Opinion, DBC has seen the sense in not imposing this, But i wonder what they will come up with in lieu of this scheme. Bill and His Buddies will not miss a trick. oliviaden6
  • Score: 14

1:48pm Sat 1 Feb 14

JJ2000 says...

Hurrah for sense and realistic consideration.
Hurrah for sense and realistic consideration. JJ2000
  • Score: 13

1:53pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Darloresident says...

Hmmm.. normally public opinion doesn't sway Puffing Billy and his cronies..
I smell something fishy...
However taken at face value its good to see that Cockerton will be left alone and free from the money grabbers..
Hmmm.. normally public opinion doesn't sway Puffing Billy and his cronies.. I smell something fishy... However taken at face value its good to see that Cockerton will be left alone and free from the money grabbers.. Darloresident
  • Score: 17

8:08pm Sat 1 Feb 14

grandmab says...

Why don't they do park and ride? Seems to be the most sensible way to part parkers with their money. We use it whenever a city or town offers it.
Why don't they do park and ride? Seems to be the most sensible way to part parkers with their money. We use it whenever a city or town offers it. grandmab
  • Score: -7

9:44am Sun 2 Feb 14

Homshaw1 says...

The initial idea was to ease congestion that no one else actually thinks existed.

Darlington Council are trying ever more desperate means to screw the ratepayer and keep council staff and councillors in the style to which they have become accustomed.
The initial idea was to ease congestion that no one else actually thinks existed. Darlington Council are trying ever more desperate means to screw the ratepayer and keep council staff and councillors in the style to which they have become accustomed. Homshaw1
  • Score: 7

11:18am Sun 2 Feb 14

darloboss says...

bet it means more double yellow lines and more wardens out to raise revenue for billyboy
bet it means more double yellow lines and more wardens out to raise revenue for billyboy darloboss
  • Score: 5

11:28am Sun 2 Feb 14

black&whitehorse says...

darloboss wrote:
bet it means more double yellow lines and more wardens out to raise revenue for billyboy
like to see them get money out of me
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: bet it means more double yellow lines and more wardens out to raise revenue for billyboy[/p][/quote]like to see them get money out of me black&whitehorse
  • Score: 1

11:38am Sun 2 Feb 14

Lifetime Townie says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
The initial idea was to ease congestion that no one else actually thinks existed.

Darlington Council are trying ever more desperate means to screw the ratepayer and keep council staff and councillors in the style to which they have become accustomed.
Exactly, so what comes next to keep the over paid hierarchy in their none jobs?
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: The initial idea was to ease congestion that no one else actually thinks existed. Darlington Council are trying ever more desperate means to screw the ratepayer and keep council staff and councillors in the style to which they have become accustomed.[/p][/quote]Exactly, so what comes next to keep the over paid hierarchy in their none jobs? Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 5

12:19pm Sun 2 Feb 14

loan_star says...

Wouldn't surprise me if the cockerton car park becomes pay & display now....
Wouldn't surprise me if the cockerton car park becomes pay & display now.... loan_star
  • Score: 4

8:54am Mon 3 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

loan_star wrote:
Wouldn't surprise me if the cockerton car park becomes pay & display now....
Don't give them ideas. This has been a victory for the people of the town, wherever you live. We must do more to curb the over paid bunch at the Town Hall, many of which were not actually elected. If we had an elected mayor, we would at least have a say in who is in the job and maybe even the salary. The council seem to be dead against it. Surely, that is a good enough reason to vote for one.

The argument against was something to do with them not being eligible to wear the chain of office. Maybe the council would get that weighed in at some local jewellers. An elected mayor would soon get rid of the deadwood in the town hall. We would probably pay less too, now that Ms Burns is allegedly now on £186,000 a year while the folks at the front end are being capped with wage freezes and loss of premium hours and jobs. The details of salaries will probably be available somewhere for us to see. Good luck with that one. She is on more than the PM and that can't be right. Apparently, she can earn more elsewhere. About time she went then and we'll find someone to do the job better for less than a third of her inflated salary + expenses + entourage. This information should also be available to us mere mortals. Anyone know where it is ?
[quote][p][bold]loan_star[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't surprise me if the cockerton car park becomes pay & display now....[/p][/quote]Don't give them ideas. This has been a victory for the people of the town, wherever you live. We must do more to curb the over paid bunch at the Town Hall, many of which were not actually elected. If we had an elected mayor, we would at least have a say in who is in the job and maybe even the salary. The council seem to be dead against it. Surely, that is a good enough reason to vote for one. The argument against was something to do with them not being eligible to wear the chain of office. Maybe the council would get that weighed in at some local jewellers. An elected mayor would soon get rid of the deadwood in the town hall. We would probably pay less too, now that Ms Burns is allegedly now on £186,000 a year while the folks at the front end are being capped with wage freezes and loss of premium hours and jobs. The details of salaries will probably be available somewhere for us to see. Good luck with that one. She is on more than the PM and that can't be right. Apparently, she can earn more elsewhere. About time she went then and we'll find someone to do the job better for less than a third of her inflated salary + expenses + entourage. This information should also be available to us mere mortals. Anyone know where it is ? Spy Boy
  • Score: 2

12:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

sarahd says...

The information is here, it gives the salaries of all council employees over 50k

http://www.darlingto
n.gov.uk/Generic/cou
ncilinfo/workforcein
formation.htm
The information is here, it gives the salaries of all council employees over 50k http://www.darlingto n.gov.uk/Generic/cou ncilinfo/workforcein formation.htm sarahd
  • Score: 0

1:25pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Luther95 says...

Spy Boy wrote:
loan_star wrote:
Wouldn't surprise me if the cockerton car park becomes pay & display now....
Don't give them ideas. This has been a victory for the people of the town, wherever you live. We must do more to curb the over paid bunch at the Town Hall, many of which were not actually elected. If we had an elected mayor, we would at least have a say in who is in the job and maybe even the salary. The council seem to be dead against it. Surely, that is a good enough reason to vote for one.

The argument against was something to do with them not being eligible to wear the chain of office. Maybe the council would get that weighed in at some local jewellers. An elected mayor would soon get rid of the deadwood in the town hall. We would probably pay less too, now that Ms Burns is allegedly now on £186,000 a year while the folks at the front end are being capped with wage freezes and loss of premium hours and jobs. The details of salaries will probably be available somewhere for us to see. Good luck with that one. She is on more than the PM and that can't be right. Apparently, she can earn more elsewhere. About time she went then and we'll find someone to do the job better for less than a third of her inflated salary + expenses + entourage. This information should also be available to us mere mortals. Anyone know where it is ?
I seem to recall that we all had a vote on the question of having an elected Mayor in Darlington in 2007, and the people of the town voted against

From memory, people didn't like the imposition of an American system of politics to English local government. Instead of having 53 councillors involved in the running of a council, effectively you just have a single person. Not very democratic. When given a vote, since 2001 residents in the vast majority of towns and cities have voted against having an elected mayor.

They also reflected that elected mayors cost more than council leaders like Bill Dixon, (around double uin salary, I think).

Which local councils are you thinking of Spy Boy, where the Chief Executive of a Unitary or Metropolitan council like Darlington is earning £60 - £90,000 a year?
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loan_star[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't surprise me if the cockerton car park becomes pay & display now....[/p][/quote]Don't give them ideas. This has been a victory for the people of the town, wherever you live. We must do more to curb the over paid bunch at the Town Hall, many of which were not actually elected. If we had an elected mayor, we would at least have a say in who is in the job and maybe even the salary. The council seem to be dead against it. Surely, that is a good enough reason to vote for one. The argument against was something to do with them not being eligible to wear the chain of office. Maybe the council would get that weighed in at some local jewellers. An elected mayor would soon get rid of the deadwood in the town hall. We would probably pay less too, now that Ms Burns is allegedly now on £186,000 a year while the folks at the front end are being capped with wage freezes and loss of premium hours and jobs. The details of salaries will probably be available somewhere for us to see. Good luck with that one. She is on more than the PM and that can't be right. Apparently, she can earn more elsewhere. About time she went then and we'll find someone to do the job better for less than a third of her inflated salary + expenses + entourage. This information should also be available to us mere mortals. Anyone know where it is ?[/p][/quote]I seem to recall that we all had a vote on the question of having an elected Mayor in Darlington in 2007, and the people of the town voted against From memory, people didn't like the imposition of an American system of politics to English local government. Instead of having 53 councillors involved in the running of a council, effectively you just have a single person. Not very democratic. When given a vote, since 2001 residents in the vast majority of towns and cities have voted against having an elected mayor. They also reflected that elected mayors cost more than council leaders like Bill Dixon, (around double uin salary, I think). Which local councils are you thinking of Spy Boy, where the Chief Executive of a Unitary or Metropolitan council like Darlington is earning £60 - £90,000 a year? Luther95
  • Score: 1

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