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Popular West Cornwall Viewpoint Threatened

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8:01am 6th May 2012

Plans to get rid of one of get rid of one of West Cornwall's most scenic viewpoints are sparking anger.  

At the moment you can park for free on the road overlooking St Michael's Mount.

The council wants to turn it into a cyclepath.

Steve lives nearby and says he uses it three or four times a week:

"Even if they take it away, why not work on some discounted parking or a season ticket or something at least. I'm fully supportive of cycleways, it's dangerous cycling on roads, but I'm not sure this cycleway here achieves very much. It would be a great loss."

Local Ryan is against the proposal: "We're here three or four times a week. Maybe every day there's wind in the summer, or surf or whatever, and I think it'd get very expensive from our perspective if this was taken away as the only area of free parking between, well right down to Penzance up to Marazion now.

In a statement, a Cornwall Council spokesperson said:

"A meeting has been held with the local member Irene Bailey and the cabinet member Graeme Hicks to review the responses to the consultation exercise for the proposed cycle scheme. Ludgvan PC is one of a number of objectors to the scheme. There were over 50 responses to the proposals with for and against overall roughly split equally. A decision on the scheme was deferred until the end of May in order to further consider the representations and responses received."

You can see details of the consultation here.

8:01am 6th May 2012

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