Liskeard butcher calls for Portas cash to be spent on new parking scheme
A LISKEARD butcher says businesses in the town centre are losing trade due to unnecessary parking restrictions – and is calling upon the town's leaders to help tackle the problem. Hundreds of people have signed a petition instigated by Geoff Brown, partner and manager of Philip Warren at Oughs, calling on the town council to introduce a time-limited parking scheme in Market Street, Pike Street and Well Lane.
And, he says if the council can't cough up the cash to implement the scheme, money from the £100,000 Government grant awarded to the Town Team under the Portas Pilot initiative should be used instead.
"People park there anyway," Mr Brown said.
"If it was policed properly as a limited parking scheme, people that abuse it would still get penalised but it would allow people who just want to pop into the shops for ten minutes to do so without the pressure of a traffic warden giving them a ticket.
"They set a precedent on Baytree Hill where they introduced limited parking.
"It seems to have worked well there. I can't see what problem it would cause here," he added.
Hundreds of shoppers and traders have a signed a petition calling for more lenient parking regulations in the area.
"More than 400 people have signed it already," Mr Brown said.
"And we only started it a couple of weeks ago."
In his letter to the council Mr Brown said the cost of implementing a limiting parking scheme in the area had been estimated at around £3, 000.
He wrote: "I would like to propose that if the council was not able to fund such a scheme, the Liskeard Town Team could be approached to fund this from the Portas Pilot – money supplied by the Government to help town centre and high streets, which this would.
"This amount, by comparison to other spending plans already implemented, would have a massive, immediate impact on this side of town."
Liskeard Town Council has told Mr Brown the matter will be passed on to the Communications and Engagement Committee.
Sally Hawken, chairman of the Town Team, and Liskeard town councillor, said parking was an issue both groups were looking into.
She said she was unable to say at this stage whether Mr Brown's proposals would be viable – but they would be forwarding them to the Highways department at Cornwall Council.
"Geoff might be on to something," she said.
"But currently it's something that I can't say will or won't be progressed without the views of Highways."
She said that she would be asking the Town Team board to see whether the group would be willing to allocate some of the its finances towards parking schemes.