Town and Parish Council colleagues,
I am writing to give you an update on the Town Parking Review that
we carried out in Bude, Falmouth and Penryn, Newquay, Penzance and
Newlyn, St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge.
Those of you from the towns where the parking reviews have taken
place will have attended the events to discuss and agree
the options for your towns; however I hope this update on the
Town Parking Review overall will be helpful and interesting.
We all know that traffic and parking have become an increasing issue in
Cornwall over recent years, to a point that, in some towns in
particular, it’s a real problem.
Over the last year and a half Cornwall Council has been reviewing
on-street parking in seven towns in Cornwall that were identified as
having the biggest parking problems: Bude, Falmouth and Penryn,
Newquay, Penzance and Newlyn, St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge.
In each town we found out where the on-street parking issues were and
then we developed a series of proposals for parking solutions in each
of the towns including new Residents’ Parking Zones, on-street Pay and
Display parking and changes to yellow lining. The aim of the proposals
was to address parking across the town as a whole, rather than take a
In autumn 2016, a pre-consultation was carried out to find out what
people thought of these proposals. Nearly 10,000 responses were
received as well as three petitions.
We have now analysed these responses and discussed these with local
representatives in each of the towns. The reports of the responses and
the summary of these discussions are available on our website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/parkingconsultations
On-street pay and display schemes were proposed to improve the turnover
of cars in our town centres and improve enforcement. 93% of
respondents did not think that on-street pay and display parking would
help to have better access to shops and businesses. We are therefore
not proposing to take forward any on-street pay and display schemes in
these towns at this time.
towns had issues with parking in residential streets, the surveys
showed that residents parking was not the right solution for every
We are therefore proposing to develop schemes for new residents parking
and changes to yellow line waiting restrictions in Penryn, St Ives,
Truro and Wadebridge. Changes to yellow line waiting restrictions
only are being developed for Bude, Newquay and Penzance. We are
awaiting further Local Member feedback by the end of April before
confirming the position with Falmouth.
A range of funding options are available to deliver these schemes and
the availability of this funding will determine which schemes are
delivered, and when; The Council’s Cabinet will need to approve funding
Before any scheme is put in, a further statutory Traffic Regulation
Order (TRO) consultation will be carried out.
The public engagement exercise helped us identify support for a number
of other existing or new parking offers which will help ease pressure
on our streets and make parking easier including:
Overnight parking in off-street car
parks included in the price of a residents’ parking permit.
Reducing the price of the existing
overnight parking permit from £150 to £50 to make it more attractive
and provide additional parking spaces for residents where there is not
enough on-street space
Season tickets in our off-street car
parks which can reduce the daily price of parking to as low as £1 in
some towns. These can be purchased to cover a month, 3 months, 6 months
or a year; we are developing options to be able to pay for annual
season tickets by direct debit. This means that commuters are not
penalised when residents’ parking schemes are introduced.
Introducing direct debit payments for
other annual parking products, so that the cost can be spread across
Alternative arrangements for carers so
that they can park in residents parking zones to visit their client without
paying the daily visitor permit price.
Thank you to
everyone who has worked with us on the parking review.
More information about the Town Parking Review is available on our
Cabinet Member for Transport