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Permit idea rejected

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: June 07, 2012

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A PENZANCE councillor's proposal to charge local residents less than visitors for parking would not work, says Cornwall Council's parking chief.

Penzance town councillor David Nebesnuick's idea would involve residents paying £52 each for an annual parking permit. They could then park in every council car park in Cornwall.

Holidaymakers would still have to pay by buying tickets from a machine in the car parks.

Car parks close to shops would have a four-hour parking limit to ensure residents did not just park there all day.

But those first four hours would also be free to holidaymakers, to encourage them to visit towns and beaches.

Mr Nebesnuick's idea was designed to lower the burden of parking charges on locals and generate more footfall in Penzance shops.

He had submitted detailed proposals for the permit scheme to Cornwall Council's leadership and recently met with portfolio holder Graeme Hicks.

But Mr Hicks, who said he welcomed input on parking and praised the work that had gone into the proposal, has told The Cornishman the permit idea wouldn't work.

Mr Nebesnuick's idea for an annual parking permit for residents costing £52 for each of Cornwall's 257,000 vehicles – or £63 if VAT were levied on it – was the sticking point, said Mr Hicks.

He said: "The idea relies on everyone buying a permit and I don't think people will pay out that £50.

"A lot of people will not spend that much on parking in a year and, with finances getting difficult, to expect people to find £50 is a lot to ask."

Mr Hicks said that generating more footfall in shopping areas was more to do with quality shops than car parking.

He said: "Mr Nebesnuick has put a lot of work into this and I welcome anybody's input. But what he is trying to do is stimulate town centres and I don't think parking is the issue.

"When people go to Truro they don't mind paying for parking if they get what they want. Car parking is a factor but it is not the main issue."

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  • josdave  |  June 10 2012, 1:35PM

    When these councils who hand out planning willy nilly to supermarkets with free parking allow free parking in the towns then they can moan about the town centres dying but not until then. It is not a level playing field when apart from the supermarkets often selling goods below cost price to get the punters in the doors thay also have free parking.

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  • Terrywright1  |  June 09 2012, 8:31PM

    No, no, no, we can't have cheap parking. Whatever next, after all the Council's plan is to kill off town centres and push all shoppers out of town to the supermarkets that have paid huge backhanders to ensure good business to our fine upstanding Council. Didn't that occur to you dear reader?

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  • HannahJones  |  June 08 2012, 6:54PM

    Councillor Hicks should have been made to resign after his infamous Josef Goebbels comments.

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  • crowsanwra  |  June 08 2012, 8:08AM

    Tax tourism! Tax the tourists!

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  • trevl  |  June 07 2012, 10:36PM

    When will Councillor Graeme Hicks and his fellow Cronies at Cornwall Council realise that the Cornwall they allegedly represent reaches out much farther than the Boundary Stones of Truro City. It seems that Councillor Hicks seems to hold some sort of a grudge against the population of West Cornwall and Penzance in particular. Were Councillor Nesbednuick's ideas put to any committee at Cornwall Council or did he dismiss the idea himself? OK... So Penzance doesn't have a vast array of National Superstores within it's boundaries but what we do have is a plethora of small shops that are owned and run by local business people. Surely it is as much the responsibility of the Unitary Council to help local businesses in their efforts to provide local employment,etc. Penzance and West Cornwall were thriving communities and much better looked after by the old Borough Council and Rural District Council before the introduction of District Councils and now by a blinkered Unitary Authority. Councillors representing Penzance should never have had to utilise their own allowances, or whatever, in order to provide Causewayhead with a rising bollard to control traffic flow for the safety of shoppers! It should have been provided many years ago by Cornwall County Council as they did for other towns and ,of course, for Truro City! We pay Council Taxes here in Penzance that should help towards improving prospects here and not be used for Truro's Benefit. Whilst I've been blowing the trumpet for Penzance I feel sure that there are many other Towns and Villages in Cornwall that feel the same neglect from Cornwall Council. It is long overdue for Councillor Hicks to have his blinkers removed. It's time he realised that he isn't The Almighty!!!

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