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Penzance town centre gets free parking to encourage festive shopping

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

By Josh Barrie

Free parking comes to Penzance this Christmas

Free parking comes to Penzance this Christmas

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FREE parking is now available in Penzance throughout the run-up to Christmas.

Drivers will pay nothing in council-owned car parks on Thursday evenings from 4pm, and all day on Saturdays, until December 21.

The move, approved by Cornwall Council following pressure from Penzance Chamber of Commerce, aims to boost trade in the town centre over the festive period.

The free parking has been funded with £21,000 of the £152,000 paid over by Sainsbury's as a condition of planning permission for its new store at Eastern Green to mitigate its negative impact on town-centre traders.

"We're encouraging people and making it easier for people to come to the town," said Dick Cliffe from the chamber of commerce.

"Paid parking is often a big barrier for people coming in. I have no doubt that footfall will be increased."

Mr Cliffe said supermarkets met a need, but for a "traditional Christmas" Penzance was the place to be.

There was "a certain charm" about the town centre and lots of activities planned for this month, he said.

"There's so much going on. Penzance is open for business. Supermarkets are just part of the trade."

Three Cornwall Council officers – Guy Thomas from the management department, planner Andy England and Kate Dickson, who works in parking – were involved in setting up the free parking scheme.

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  • sabretooth75  |  December 15 2013, 7:31AM

    Its a welcome initiative. However, its easy to dis the supermarkets but they create a lot of jobs. I remember when Tesco 1st moved to Penzance. A lot of care homes in Penzance had to increase their wage rates as their staff were being offered better rates at Tescos. I'd also love to know where 'josdave' shops. Best you that it's at one of the large supermarkets in Penzance.

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  • josdave  |  December 06 2013, 8:06AM

    Too little too late. They (the councils) want to stop handing out planning permission to any supermarket that asks for it while at the same time increasing parking charges in town centres. Do they honestly think that will improve the lot of local traders? Supermarkets are te main, if not the only cause, of the decline in town centre trading and the councils are too supid to see it.

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  • Benefits4all  |  December 05 2013, 5:02PM

    From 4pm free parking? Is this 1hour and a half of free shopping aimed and reducing the guilt felt by councillors for building yet another supermarket on the edge of PZ?

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