Permit idea rejected
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.
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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."