Car clubs are set for launch
THE first car clubs in Cornwall look set to be created in Falmouth, Penryn and Truro.
A bank of pool cars will be available for hire by the hour or the day to try to help remove the costs to individuals of owning their own car, reduce congestion and emissions and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Cornwall Council has already set aside funding for the first two years, after which it should be self-sufficient.
A support group is being set up to help ensure the project gets off the ground.
Consultation has taken place with various organisations, town councils and businesses.
As a result the three towns were identified as meeting the requirements and having community interest.
A report on the subject is being considered by Cornwall Council and it is hoped operations can begin in the autumn.
Parking locations are likely to be in council-run car parks.
Sue Wetherill, from Transition Truro, which is part of the support group, said: "It cost more than £1,000 a year to run my car and that's before I even put petrol in.
"There is a huge cost to owning a car."
She said clubs have been successful in other areas, including Devon, and was "confident" it will work in Cornwall.
She added: "People in car clubs tend to be healthier and they use public transport more as well.
"But we have got to get both businesses and residents using it to make it more viable."
Nigel Murray, from Transition Falmouth, also part of the support group, said although they were looking at a minimum of 20 cars for the three areas, that could be reduced to ten to begin with.