Plea for permit parking in St Ives
TRADESMEN in St Ives are asking Cornwall Council to introduce a permit scheme to tackle what is fast becoming a parking crisis in the historic town's narrow streets.
Plumbers, builders and locksmiths in the town say they are often unable to park vans close to where they are working and can't unload equipment before parking wardens pounce.
And cleaners and holiday let owners face similar problems on the busy changeover days of Friday and Saturday.
Three years ago a 1,000-name petition was handed to Cornwall Council asking them to help businesses that feared they could no longer work in their own town.
Since then problems have increased, with more homes built, car parks crowded and individual car parking spaces selling for as much as £65,000.
Now a new campaign has been launched to ask for help from an authority that some tradesmen feel targets vans parked on the streets in the bustling and crowded town.
A meeting at the Western Hotel brought together more than 20 small businesses from the town.
Michael Pierce, from Aid Locksmiths in St Ives, said: "We are not asking the council to turn a blind eye – we just want a scheme that will allow us to do our jobs.
"Tradesmen need to park outside premises they are working on. You get six minutes to unload and then you have to move. It's not enough for a plumber or a builder, or for me, as a mobile locksmith, whose van is his mobile workshop."
Business owners are asking for a permit system that would allow registered St Ives businesses to park "in a considerate manner" anywhere they were working.
A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: "Yellow lines are in place for a reason ... our parking restrictions exist to make Cornwall's streets safe for all."