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More details on big changes to car parks

More details on big changes to car parks

Published by Emma Carton at 11:17am 22nd February 2019. (Updated at 11:21am 22nd February 2019)

12 car parks in Cornwall are switching to pay on exit, starting from next week.

These are ones run by the council and the first change will be in Penzance.

Free street parking for carers is among the other changes on the cards.

Plans also include contactless payments and discounts for local residents and businesses.

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12 car parks run by Cornwall Council are switching to 'Pay on Exit', starting with Penzance at the end of February

What car parks are switching to 'Pay on Exit'?

Harbour car park in Penzance will be the first to switch, on Wednesday 27th February.

Cornwall Council says the others will be changed by Easter 2019.

  • Town Quarry, Falmouth
  • Main Car Park, Fowey
  • Milpool, Looe
  • St Georges Road, Newquay
  • The Manor, Newquay
  • Link Road, Padstow
  • The Island, St. Ives
  • Trenwith, St Ives
  • Garras Wharf, Truro
  • Moorfield, Truro
  • Old Bridge Street, Truro

"Pay on exit parking has been shown to encourage people to stay longer in town centres as they don't have to rush back to their car when their car parking ticket is running out.

"It also means civil enforcement officers (CEOs) will not be tied up having to check pay and display tickets. This frees them up to do more work taking action where cars are parked illegally - which we know frustrates residents.

"Free evening parking in most Cornwall Council car parks will continue and has helped support local evening economies.

"We'll also be continuing with flexible pay and park options during the day time, such as being able to buy batches of reduced rate parking sessions via the JustPark telephone payment and offering seasonal permits at a reduced rate".

Councillor Geoff Brown

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Cornwall Council is also planning other changes, including free street parking for carers and locals' discounts

What other parking changes are on the cards?

Officials say Cornwall's Positive Parking Framework is set to be a benchmark standard for local authorities.

As well as the car parks switching to 'Pay on Exit', changes include:

  • A trial to enable Care Quality Commission accredited carers to park on the street whilst providing care services to vulnerable people
  • A review of the role of our Civil Enforcement Officers as better use of technology means that they will be freed up to visit more areas that are not currently frequently patrolled, to ensure that traffic congestion through illegal parking is reduced.
  • Improved directional signage, contactless payment, discounts for residents and businesses, raising awareness of season tickets and other payment options.
  • Mobile camera technology to help with more efficient enforcement or targeted enforcement around schools and colleges to support reductions in traffic congestion.

"We are investing in our car parks to improve the experience for motorists. Income from car parking is vital as it enables us to continue making the best use of our resources and target funding to help maintain Cornwall's 7,300km road network.

"Cornwall's roads are some of the best in the country with the Council rated as amongst the top 25% in the country for keeping our main roads in good repair.

"Without the income from car parking charges, the Council would need to increase council tax to generate the same amount of funding.

"Whilst we receive about £9.7 million net income from parking each year, Cornwall Council is spending £45 million on maintaining the condition and safety of Cornwall's roads and 2,700 bridges and retaining walls, as well as the car parks themselves".

Councillor Geoff Brown

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