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People urged to stay home amid scrapped parking charges

People urged to stay home amid scrapped parking charges

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:39am 31st March 2020. (Updated at 8:58am 31st March 2020)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Cornwall Council’s lead member for transport has stressed that a decision to waive parking charges is to help key workers and has urged people to stay at home.

The council announced on Friday that all charges at council-run car parks would be waived until the end of April to help provide parking for key workers during the coronavirus crisis.

With all but essential travel being banned under the current restrictions the waiving of charges is not aimed at members of the public to be able to park.

“Suspension of car park charges is another way Cornwall Council can aid essential workers get on with the business of helping others. This should not affect the general public as we should all be staying home in any case. We need residents to stay at home and stay safe.”

“The situation will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Once Government guidance changes and life returns more to normal, we are already committed that any reintroduction of charges will be at the current winter charging rates until at least March 2021.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for transport

In making the announcement on Friday Cllr Brown said:

“We need residents to stay at home and stay safe, now is not the time for anyone to worry about parking charges and issues associated with coin handling. 

“We also want to make it as easy as possible for essential workers to get to and from work and removing parking charges is one way in which we can support them during this critical time.

“It is really important, however, that people always remember to park considerately and continue to follow government guidance about avoiding any unnecessary travel.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for transport

The council has advised anyone with questions about the new parking arrangements should email the council’s parking services team in the first instance at parking@cornwall.gov.uk 

The team will aim to respond within 10 working days. If you don’t have access to email call 0300 1234 222.

In addition St Austell Town Council announced that it was also waiving charges for Priory Car Park in the town centre for key workers.

“I am pleased to advise that with effect from today (Monday 30th March 2020) Priory Car Park in St Austell will be free until the 30th April 2020. This decision will be reviewed at that time and may be extended.

“Unless you are a key worker who needs to be in the town centre, we would respectively ask the general public to heed Government advice and stay at home.”

Town clerk David Pooley

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