In each town we found out where the on-street parking issues were and then we developed a series of proposals for parking solutions in each of the towns including new Residents’ Parking Zones, on-street Pay and Display parking and changes to yellow lining. The aim of the proposals was to address parking across the town as a whole, rather than take a piecemeal approach.
In autumn 2016, a pre-consultation was carried out to find out what people thought of these proposals. Nearly 10,000 responses were received as well as three petitions.
We have now analysed the responses and discussed them with local representatives in each of the towns. The reports of the responses and the summary of these discussions are available on our website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/parkingconsultations
On-street pay and display schemes were proposed to improve the turnover of cars in our town centres and improve enforcement. As 93% of respondents did not think that on-street pay and display parking would help to give better access to shops and businesses; and therefore we are not proposing to take forward any on-street pay and display schemes in these towns at this time.
Whilst all towns had issues with parking in residential streets, the surveys showed that residents parking was not the right solution for every town.
We are therefore proposing to develop schemes for new residents parking and changes to yellow line waiting restrictions in Penryn, St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge. Changes to yellow line waiting restrictions only are being developed for Bude, Newquay and Penzance. We are awaiting further Local Member feedback before confirming the position with Falmouth, hopefully by the end of April.
A range of funding options are available to deliver these schemes and the availability of this funding will determine which schemes are delivered, and when; the Council’s Cabinet will need to approve funding the schemes.
Before any scheme is put in, a further statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation will be carried out.
The public engagement exercise helped us identify support for a number of other existing or new parking offers which will help ease pressure on our streets and make parking easier including:
· Overnight parking in off-street car parks included in the price of a residents’ parking permit.
· Reducing the price of the existing overnight parking permit from £150 to £50 to make it more attractive and provide additional parking spaces for residents where there is not enough on-street space
· Season tickets in our off-street car parks which can reduce the daily price of parking to as low as £1 in some towns. This means that commuters are not penalised when residents’ parking schemes are introduced. These can be purchased to cover a month, 3 months, 6 months or a year; we are developing options to be able to pay for annual season tickets by direct debit.
· Introducing direct debit payments for other annual parking products, so that the cost can be spread across the year.
· Alternative arrangements for carers so that they can park in residents parking zones to visit their client without paying the daily visitor permit price.
More information about the Town Parking Review is available on our website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/parkingreview