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Calls To Scrap Town Centre Parking Charges

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:00am 2nd December 2012

There are calls to help Cornwall's high streets recover by scrapping parking charges.

The council has already decided not to raise pay and display prices next year.

But some businesses say they should go completely.

Jane Pascoe runs a bistro in Liskeard. She said: “I think the biggest thing that hasn’t helped the town centre is the council charging punitive amounts for the parking. It’s absolutely ridiculous. They need to realise that the cash cow of charging people to use the town has got to stop.

“It’s not even that. It’s the principle of the thing. People hate paying to park; there is no doubt about that. You only have to look around our residential streets. People will walk a mile or half a mile rather than pay these expensive charges."

Saltash has announced it will use money from supermarkets built in the town to offer free parking sessions in the run up to Christmas.

The free parking will run from 10am on every weekday, and all day on the weekends, from 1st December up to Christmas Day.

This follows free parking in the Christmas run-up last year, and ‘free Saturday parking’ from July to November, and will be followed by an extension of Free Saturday Parking until at least the end of March.

Town Mayor Cllr Martin Gee said: "Saltash Town Council’s highest priority is the continued enhancement of the Town Centre – it is of the utmost importance to our community. We are also grateful for Cornwall Council’s work in allowing us to carry out the scheme: working in partnership is what localism should be all about."

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