The Lake District National Park Authority Approve Rydal Estates Application to turn the Walna Scar Car Park into a 58 bay Pay and Display car park!
Posted on 11 December, 2017
Walna Scar Free Car Park is now likely to become a pay & Display car park unless we all act in the next two days - you must do so by December 14th!
Rob Dyer, BMC access and conservation officer, has also been quoted as saying: “It’s a real shame to see Walna Scar Car Park changing into a more formalised pay and display format if the proposal goes through. Increased parking charges at popular access points for the outdoors is affecting more areas across the country. Of course, I have sympathy for the need to maintain these areas and the costs involved, but the outdoors should be made more accessible for people, not more expensive".
“High charges in car parks are a barrier to people being more active outdoors, especially for those that are on lower incomes. As a society we should be making it easier for people so they can experience all the physical and mental benefits being active outdoors provides".
It would appear that The Lake District National Park Authority do not share Mr Dyer's view; a view which many of us who love, live and work in this area, will wholeheartedly agree with!
Another extremely valid point that Mr Dyer mentions:-
“The proposed car park also has a lower capacity than the current informal situation provides. This creates potential conflict with residents of Coniston who will bear the brunt of those who avoid or can’t pay the charges, or those who are unable to fit into the new car park when it runs out of space.”
Also consider this - whilst the introduction of the proposed pay & display car park at Walna Scar may inconvenience many wishing to enjoy recreational activities on the Coniston Fells, - by allowing this to go ahead, it will allow The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) to capitalise on its premises in Coniston Village - read below!
Parking fees are enforced at the latter two car parks in Coniston Village through Number Plate Recognition Cameras administered on behalf on The LDNPA by Park With Ease. There exists elsewhere in Coniston, very little free parking; therefore many of those visitors who used to park at Walna Scar for free will be forced into the LDNPA's car parks where they will be forced to pay.....
Any representations should be sent in writing by 14 December to Planning Inspectorate, Commons Team, 3F Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.
Or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. using the BMC's template in the download aboveThese letters will not be treated as confidential. That will be copied to the applicant and possibly to other interested parties.
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