Locals say “what’s the problem?” to the backlash against the Truro short stay parking charge

Readers have jumped to the defense of a higher charge imposed at a car park in Cornwall in an effort to deter a “significant number” of drivers from “clogging up” the facility. Cornwall Council has been criticized for the £31.50 charge for anyone staying over three hours, but was keen to stress that Old Bridge Street is for shoppers to get into town, not for local workers to park all day. Local residents and business people have had their say in our comments section on a previous article.

Some local businesses and drivers are unhappy with the change, and some have accused Cornwall Council of “trying to bankrupt” the town over the new allegations. Some local traders have reportedly applied to the council for parking permits so they can unload stock and park near their businesses, but say these requests have been refused. Local businessman Paul Gilbert says customers are “scared” by the cost of parking and he believes the new policy “goes against helping local businesses”.

A council spokesman said: “The town center car park on Old Bridge Street in Truro remains a short-term car park and the three-hour parking limit has not changed. I found that a significant number of drivers were all parking here. day and essentially clogging up parking when its purpose is to encourage a turnover of spaces and in turn increase traffic downtown. was introduced.

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“The new rate will only apply to drivers who park for more than three hours between 9am and 6pm. From 6pm to midnight, drivers can stay for an unlimited period and are only charged the evening rate of £2.10. free parking from midnight to 9:00 We have placed additional signs in the car park to remind drivers of the three-hour limit and the new charge for parking more than three hours between 9:00 and 18:00.”

Olliewilks comments on the Council’s side: “It’s exactly what it says on the board – a short term car park. The idea is not to clog the spaces with vehicles sitting there all day, which should in turn mean more people using the car park, thus increasing turnover and traffic in the shops in the immediate vicinity. There was already a £25 fine for going over the 3 hour limit, it just went up to £31.50. What is the problem?”

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