Here’s an update from Geoff Brown, who is Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, on the parking review they carried out in Bude, Falmouth and Penryn, Newquay, Penzance and Newlyn, St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge:

With traffic and parking becoming an increasing issue in Cornwall over recent years, for some towns in particular it has become a real problem.

We identified Bude, Falmouth and Penryn, Newquay, Penzance and Newlyn, St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge as having the biggest parking problems. Last summer we undertook a Town Parking Review in those towns and asked people for their opinions on parking issues either as a resident, business owner or manager, or worker, visitor, or shopper.

Based on what they told us we developed proposals to address the parking issues in each town as a whole, rather than take a piecemeal approach. Our proposals were for On-street Pay and Display Parking, Residents’ Parking Zones and changes to yellow lining.

Last autumn we consulted on our proposals and we received nearly 10,000 responses. As a result of the survey feedback we are not progressing with on-street Pay and Display parking in any of the towns.

We met with local representatives, in each of the towns, to explain the results and discuss the options and next steps.
Whilst all towns have issues with parking in residential streets, the surveys showed that residents parking is not the right solution for every town, and we have proposed different schemes for each area.

More information about all the work carried out to date on the Town Parking Review is available on our website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/parkingreview

New evening permit offer coming soon

One of the issues identified through the Parking Review was a lack of on-street overnight space in some of the towns; to help alleviate this we will soon be reducing the evening permit price from £150 to £50.

If you would like more information about the evening permit please email: parkingpermitenquiries@cornwall.gov.uk.

First phase of Town Parking Review work programme

Since April we have been working to finalise the designs for each town and have now agreed a programme of work with CORMAC.

The first phase of the works will be introducing yellow lines and new waiting restrictions in Penzance, Newquay, Bude, Falmouth and Penryn; and we will be introducing the first Residents’ Parking Scheme in Penryn.

Statutory consultation

Before any of the schemes are put in, further statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultations have to be carried out.

Notices will be placed on lamp posts and telegraph poles in the areas as part of the statutory TRO consultation. Details of the plans and how to comment will be available online at www.cornwall.gov.uk/TrafficConsult

You can read about the programme of works for each of the towns, including the TRO consultations, below:

Bude
We have commissioned the work for the introduction of yellow lines.
Detailed design begins Oct 2017
TRO consultation November/December
Works complete May 2018

Falmouth
We have recently agreed with local stakeholders not to proceed with residents’ parking scheme proposals and instead address some of the yellow line issues.  This work is programmed to begin in autumn 2017, with works complete in summer 2018.

Newquay
We have commissioned the work for the introduction of yellow lines.
Detailed design began July 2017
TRO consultation August/September
Works complete spring 2018

Penryn
Developers funding has been identified to deliver the residents parking scheme and associated yellow line works in Penryn and this is programmed as follows:
Detailed design began August 2017
TRO consultation September/October
Works complete Spring 2018

Penzance
We have commissioned the work for the introduction of yellow lines.
Detailed design began July 2017
TRO consultation August/September
Works complete spring 2018

Truro, Wadebridge and St Ives
Residents Parking schemes and associated yellow line works are proposed for Truro, Wadebridge and St Ives and we are still awaiting confirmation of capital funding before the works can be commissioned.

I hope you find this update useful, if you have any questions about the works please email our parking review team: parkingreview@cornwall.gov.uk.

If you would like more information about the evening parking permit please email our parking permit team: parkingpermitenquiries@cornwall.gov.uk.

Kind regards

Geoff Brown
Cabinet Member for Transport
Cornwall Council

geoff.brown@cornwallcouncillors.org.uk