Bid to ease car menace by harbour authority
NEWLYN Harbour Commission is considering a number of solutions to tackle the illegal parking problems that blight the port.
The commission took action last month after regularly witnessing lorry and van drivers being unable to access or leave the harbour because of unlawfully parked cars.
Temporary bollards were installed outside the Fishermen's Mission two weeks ago to deter drivers from parking their cars outside the entrance to the port.
However, although early signs were declared promising by harbourmaster Andrew Munson, commissioners raised a number of other potential solutions to the problem when they met last week.
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Ideas included introducing permanent bollards, short-term parking bays or improving signage around the harbour.
Mr Munson said similar problems existed outside the entrance to the lorry park and the pier.
He said: "If the lorries can't get through, boats can be delayed in landing. If we have got a fuel delivery the lorry driver has got to charge the additional cost to boat owners.
"There has been so much inconsiderate parking; fish traffic, lorries, fuel tankers, delivery vehicles all haven't been able to get through.
"The bollards have been very effective but anyone with one ounce of common sense would know vehicles can't get through while they are parked there.
"What people don't realise is the fact that that area is not part of the public highway, it's on Newlyn Harbour Commission land.
"The major problem is that people think they can park and quickly pop into the shop, but they don't realise the problems they cause."
Parking firm MBC are currently employed by the harbour commission to patrol the port.
Mr Munson explained they will give tickets to cars parked without permission, however he admitted that as yet that has not stopped drivers taking a risk by quickly parking and running in to the shops.
Speaking at the meeting at the Newlyn Centre last Wednesday, recently-appointed commissioner Rob Salvidge said: "I don't think it's quite clear enough what certain areas are used for. If areas of the harbour were signed clear it might help people identify what areas are working areas."