A terrible idea bites the dust
Following the largest public consultation in the history of the authority, Cumbria County Council has sensibly dropped plans to introduce parking meters.
There were more objections to the idea of parking meters than anything else in the proposals, and county has wisely recognised that more charges for parking, which is already a major source of difficulty in many parts of the county, would not help with the rivival of the local economy in Copeland.
There are going to be no easy answers to the problems of financial shortfalls in any part of the public sector, as the new government wrestles with the catastrophic spending deficit and mountain of debt which they inherited.
But parking meters really were not a good answer.