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Truro parking plans get mixed reception

Truro parking plans get mixed reception

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 28th December 2019. (Updated at 9:13am 28th December 2019)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Calls for parking spaces to be limited in Truro in a bid to get people out of their cars have produced a mixed response.

Bob Egerton, Cabinet member for economy and planning at Cornwall Council, stated last week that the council’s strategy was to stop people driving into the city.

He made the comments during a debate about the planned £170 million redevelopment of a major site in Pydar Street in Truro.

The proposals would see the loss of the Viaduct Car Park which some councillors said had raised concerns among residents.

But Cllr Egerton said that while the car park would be lost it was part of a wider plan to reduce the number of people driving to Truro.

He said the city has a good public transport system with bus and rail links as well as a park-and-ride service running from both sides of Truro.

But the comments have received a mixed reaction with most people saying that it would be bad for the city. However some applauded the council for taking such a bold approach.

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“Firstly, have you tried park and ride with a day’s shopping? You cannot carry much especially with children in tow. With a car you can dump one load and carry on shopping. Secondly tourism? Should kill that off as well. M&S, Next and others built new stores out of town with free parking now you can see why. Public transport from where we live does not  work either.

"Council seem determined to kill off Truro city centre. As for less parking in the county why keep building more and more houses then, increasing traffic?”


“Kingsley Village, the Hayle Retail Park and the supermarkets with on-site parking, must be rubbing their hands with glee at this news. Truro city centre shopping will be effectively dead and buried.”


“I also hope this doesn’t extend too much to other parts of the county. Unfortunately, bus travel is too time consuming and above anything else expensive compared to driving and during the summer, where Cornish residents have to compete and in many cases lose out on spaces thanks to the increasing numbers of tourists, which in fact should mean the council improving and increasing the number of spaces to allow for the influx which is increasing not just year on year but throughout the year too.

“Public transport has to become cheaper to merit anyone changing their habits and I can only see prices go up to be honest.”



“What utter madness! Parking in Truro is bad enough now, let alone with a reduced number of parking spaces. The only winner here is Amazon. and I’m afraid that the shopkeepers of Truro are the losers.”


“For once, I actually think a Cornwall councillor is right.

“The park & ride areas at both ends of the city are more than adequate throughout the year, even in the busy summer months.  Never had a problem parking my car at Langarth in the height of the summer.

“It’s cheap to park and use a bus for a family and the service is more than adequate with a bus arriving every ten minutes.  I use it a lot and have never had a problem.  Much easier for Treliske appointments and quicker for getting into the city when it’s gridlocked at Threemilestone.

“Why anybody would want to sit there in their cars, stopping and starting, being abused by other road users and spending ages trying to find a parking space in the city when it’s much easier and less stressful to use the Park & Ride.”


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