Keswick parking consultation

Proposed Community Parking Management Scheme - Keswick

Cumbria County Council is inviting comments and feedback on proposals for a Community Parking Management Scheme for the area known locally as the 'Back Streets.'  

The proposed scheme was identified as the recommended solution to on-street parking issues in the Keswick Transport Study, following investigations, assessments and engagement with local residents, businesses and other stakeholders. 

The Keswick Transport Study was undertaken in 2019 and jointly funded by Cumbria County Council, the Lake District National Park Authority, Allerdale Borough Council and Keswick Town Council.  The study was commissioned to look at the existing and future traffic movement and parking issues in Keswick, and what could be done to address them.  

Several improvements identified in the Keswick Transport Study have already been put in place by the partner agencies and external parties, with others in development.  Those relevant to supporting the on-street parking proposals include:

  • Additional permanent car parking capacity was created in 2021

          - 90 new spaces at Skiddaw Street car park
          - 42 new spaces at Rawnsley Hall
          - 124 new spaces at Pencil Museum
          - Approximately 40 new spaces at Keswick RUFC
          - Total new permanent spaces - 296

  • Pop up car park in 2021 - 70 spaces
  • Temporary signage for car parks to be used during peak periods whilst improvements to permanent signage are progressed
  • Park and Sail initiative - parking at Keswick RUFC and Sail across Derwentwater to Cat Bells and walks on western shore
  • Analysis of car park pricing has taken place and concludes that the prices are generally consistently tiered as cost : demand / proximity to the town.


Report presented to the Local Area Committee on the Keswick Transport Improvements Study

Keswick Transport Improvement Study (PDF 3MB)



Complete the online survey

The feedback gathered from the survey will be used to develop the final proposals for the scheme, and how it will be delivered.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a community parking management scheme being proposed?

Local residents and businesses submitted a petition to Cumbria County Council's Local Committee expressing severe concerns of road safety in the area and highlighting their struggles of being able to park close to their homes. Cumbria County Council, Lake District National Park Authority, Allerdale Borough Council and Keswick Town Council commissioned a study to assess various transport-related matters around the town, including parking in the 'back streets' area. The recommendation of the study is to implement a Community Parking Management Scheme using a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), for which Cumbria County Council is responsible for as Traffic and Highway Authority.

Will the community parking management scheme be in operation 24 hours a day?

No; the proposed scheme is for permits to be required between the hours of 10am to 4pm.  This means that any vehicle could legitimately park in the area (not on double yellow lines) between 4pm to 10am.

Will the permit allow me to park directly outside of my property?

Not necessarily; permit holders can park anywhere within the community parking management scheme, spaces are available on a first come-first served basis. 

Can I accept deliveries when the scheme is in operation?

Yes, reasonable loading and unloading is permitted.

Will the back lanes be included in the scheme?

Yes, the back lanes will be included.

What will a permit scheme mean to blue badge holders?

Blue badge holders are not exempt to the proposed scheme and therefore will also need to display a valid permit to park within the area, within its hours of operation.

How many permits will I be able to apply for?

The permit protocol is proposed based upon available kerbside space and number/type of properties in the area.  Bearing this in mind, officers have the following suggested protocol for this area as a proposal:

  • Residents Permits - maximum of 2 permits per property, vehicle must be registered to the address
  • Visitors Permits - one annual permit for each property on application
  • Guest House Visitor Permits - two annual permits for each Guest House property

How is the number of parking bays related to the number of permits issued? 

The number of permits issued is not directly related to the parking capacity of local streets. Permit holders can park anywhere in a Zone (not only in the street they live in) and the introduction of a Permit Parking Zone increases parking space for resident permit holders by reducing parking by non-residents. 

Parking demand for permit holders is typically lower during the daytime (when Permit Zones operate) and is expected to rise and fall around the Zone, as people move around during the day. 

Will permits be registered to a vehicle or an address?

Resident permits will be registered to a vehicle, which must be registered to a property within the area. Visitor permits will be registered to an address within the area.

What if I'm having work done on my house?

Trade vehicles will need to display a visitor permit whilst they are working on your property.

What if I change my vehicle?

You will need to contact the CCC Parking Services team and supply them with the new registration details for them to replace the permit. 

Will a visitor permit have a limited number of uses per year?

No, a visitor permit will have an unlimited number of uses per year.

Will I need to renew my permits each year?

Yes, permits will need to be renewed each year.

I live in a House of Multi-Occupancy - how many permits are provided to this type of property?

Residents permits are provided as a maximum of 2 per 'household'; 'household' being identified by each individual postal address.

I operate a Holiday Let property within this area - are permits provided for these users?

The visitor permit issued to the property can be used by users of the property. 

Does the Council charge for issuing parking permits for residents?

No; there is no charge for the issuing of parking permits and there are currently no plans to introduce a charge for this service.

I have off-street parking at my property; am I still eligible for residents parking permits?

The proposed maximum of 2 residents permits is specific to properties that have no off-street parking, i.e. driveway or garage.  If you have a driveway, garage or both, that accommodates 1, 2 or more vehicles, there will be a reduction in permits provided proportionate to the number of off-street parking spaces.

All households are eligible for 1 visitor permit regardless of the number of off-street parking spaces available.

My property has a white keep clear marking (aka 'H' bar) across the access to my driveway.  Will this remain?

Our proposal is to replace these markings with double yellow lines to prevent off-street parking and private accesses being obstructed.

Will parking bays be marked on the road?

No, parking bays will not be marked on the road.  Legislation has been relaxed to allow greater flexibility for designers.

How will non-permit holders know it's a community parking area?

Signage will be erected at zone entry and exit points along with repeater signs throughout, detailing the hours of operation.

Why is there no double yellow lines proposed for Brackenrigg Drive, Millfield Gardens, Brandlehow Crescent, Manesty View, Grizedale Close or Manor Park shown in Plan 7?

The scheme can be split into two general areas, but where the same parking restrictions/conditions apply:

Plans 1-6:  The "Back Streets" area - typically densely-packed terraced properties with little off-street parking and a high demand for on-street parking. Relatively tight junctions with limited space for manoeuvring and restricted visibility - where therefore, double yellow line restrictions are necessary. There are numerous accesses to side streets and private premises and these, in the main, will be included in the double yellow line restrictions in order to maintain access.

Plan 7:  The further outlying more suburban area, where most properties are detached / semi-detached, generally have off-street parking but where there is an abundance of potential on-street parking also available, which may result in being subject to "overspill". For these reasons combined with an overall more favourably-designed highway in this area; additional double yellow lines should not be required in general.  

How will the community parking management scheme be policed?

Permits will be allocated accordingly, which are to be displayed in vehicle windscreens. Civil Enforcement Officers will patrol the area, and issue Penalty Charge Notices to any vehicle not displaying a permit within the operational hours of the parking scheme (proposed between 10am to 4pm).

What if I need funeral or wedding cars to park outside my house?

You should notify the Parking Services team, of the date and time that the cortege or wedding cars will be parked in the street.

I'm not eligible for a permit, where else can I park?

Off-Street parking is available at the following car parks:

  • Lakeside car park Keswick Leisure pool car park
  • Central car park Keswick RUFC car park
  • Rawnsley Hall car park Keswick FA car park
  • Otley Road car park Crosthwaite Road car park
  • Pencil Museum car park Skiddaw Street car park

Parking permits are available for purchase from the operators of the following car parks in Keswick:

Otley Road, Lakeside and Central car parks (Operator: Allerdale Borough Council) 

Private car permits - £339

Commercial permits - £513

Reserved parking space permits - £513

Low-pay car park permit - £70

Crosthwaite Road car park (Operator: Fitz Park Trust) 

Monthly permit - £11

Annual permit - £110

Skiddaw Street car park (Operator: Keswick Ministries) 

Various options from daily to 12 months £15 to £350

This information is correct as of 18 January 2022, however other operators may also offer permits and costs / number of permits / permit information is subject to change.  For up-to-date information, please contact the car park operators directly.  

If the proposed scheme is implemented, will the Council review it?

Yes, it is the Council's intention to review the scheme approximately 18 months following implementation.