Parking Services

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Allerdale Borough Council provides over 2,600 Public Parking spaces  throughout  the Towns of Allerdale.  Of these:

  • 2363 are 'Pay & Display'
  • 7 are for Coaches
  • 223 are 'Free'
  • 43 are for Blue Badge Holders
  • 34 are 'Reserved' for an Annual Fee

Of the 'Pay & Display' spaces 357 are limited to a maximum stay of 2 or 3 hours. These are situated at 'Udale Street' , 'Ladies Walk' car park(s) at Workington and 'Bell Close' Car Park at Keswick (2 hours), and at Fairfield car park in Cockermouth (3 hours). The purpose for this is to provide an adequate turnover of shopping amenity.

On the other 'Pay & Display' car parks users may stay for much longer.
Half hour parking opportunities are available at 'Bell Close' and 'Central Car Park' at Keswick and at all Wigton Car Parks.

The Service also provides:-

  • 4 Coach Bays at Lakeside - Keswick
  • 3 Coach Bays at Wakefield Road - Cockermouth
  • Strategically Placed, 'special' spaces for Disabled Drivers.
  • Free parking for all Blue Badge Holders in any normal publicly available bay on any of its car parks - as well as in the special disabled bays. (Please note Time Disc requirements)
  • Season Tickets for Allerdale businesses and workers.
  • Reserved bays, on an annual rental basis, at Workington and Keswick generally for the benefit of small businessmen and businesses.
  • Hotel and Guest House concessions for use by visitors and guests. It will consider applications for these by any bona-fide tourism accommodation operator in any Town, (a fee is payable for each 'guest' permit).
  • 24 hour CCTV coverage on selected main parking areas, monitored by the Cumbrian Constabulary - to be extended by an agreed programme of works and central funding.
  • Frequent Security and regulation patrols on all 'Pay & Display' car parks during all charging hours.

There are over 2 million vehicle parking activities on Allerdale's car parks in each year.

To enhance our effectiveness, and value for money, the service also manages a number of other privately owned car parks in the Borough and operates these under its Parking Places Order (as amended). Regulation and Management of other car parks is performed within existing resources.

Because we are effective, not only is there no 'cost' to any local tax-payer but net 'income' is earned for the Council by the Service.

Currently the Council uses that (net) income to help to fund 'other' services before any level of Council Tax is calculated.

Such 'other' services include, Museums, Sports & Leisure Centres, Recreation grounds and Parks, grants to other organisations - and much more.

Allerdale Policy

The Council provides and maintains public off-street car parks in each of the towns of the Borough to ensure a safe and sufficient parking amenity to meet the needs of the local community, local economy, businesses and visitors.

It is the policy of the Council to charge for parking where it is economic to do so, and to apply different levels of charges according to the needs and the economy of each area. The council also holds responsibility for the enforcement of On-Street regulations.

The purpose of charges is to enhance the utility of each parking place, so as to provide the maximum number of parking "opportunities" in each Town - commensurate with the needs of the community, businesses and motorists, at no cost to the council tax payer if possible.

All car parks are strictly but fairly regulated. It is Council policy to penalise all improper use, or abuse, of it's limited parking facilities to seek to ensure compliance, and maximum availability of limited resources for other users.

Car parking fees can be found in the Council's list of fees and charges by selecting the car parks tab.

Contact us

You can  email us at, or telephone our Customer Services Centre on the number shown.

Mail must be addressed to the Council's main office at Workington.
The address for this is:

Parking Services
Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House
CA14 3YJ

Our normal working hours are Monday - Thursday 9.00 5.00pm; Friday 9.00 to 4.30pm.

Details of the type of car park, the charges and the length of stay are clearly displayed on each car park, or are available from the service at the above address.

You can view our town maps with car parks page, or a full list of car parks with maps.

To find out more about any aspect of car parking please phone the Parking Services Office.

Downloadable Documents

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Microsoft Word formatParking Services Strategy 2007 Consultation in Word format1780 Kb4 mins 14 secs @ 56k, 7 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerParking Services Strategy 2007 Consultation in PDF format2015 Kb4 mins 48 secs @ 56k, 8 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatAppendix A to Strategy 2007 Consultation - Pay on Exit in Word format75 Kb11 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerAppendix A to Strategy 2007 Consultation - Pay on Exit in PDF format65 Kb9 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatAppendix B to Strategy 2007 Consultation - Park and Ride in Word format38 Kb5 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerAppendix B to Strategy 2007 Consultation - Park and Ride in PDF format27 Kb4 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ