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Cornwall Could Face Parking Hikes

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:48pm 19th November 2014.

Cornwall could face another parking hike.

The council wants to up ticket rates to help bring in almost £3 million.

It is also looking likely that charges for off street parking and private firms could come in too.

The budget will be given the final go ahead on the 25th November.

Penzance Town Councillor Rob Simmons has previously campaigned for cheaper car parking in the Duchy

He says putting up ticket prices could affect Cornwall's economy and put people off shopping in town centres.

He said: "I think it will drive people to do more shopping online, I think it is quite a short sighted decision by the council, and I understand there are a lot of budgetary pressures, but if we are going to start undermining the economy of Cornwall then I think that is a very negative step.

"Through the recession out of town retail has done very well whereas in town smaller retailers have done very badly, out of town places have free parking whereas you have to pay quite a premium to park in town, to put up the car parking prices is a bad step for Cornwall's town centres."

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