'Ridiculous' move to axe St Dennis's free car park
PLANS to axe St Dennis's only public car park and build affordable houses on the site have come under fire.
Cornwall councillor Fred Greenslade, for the St Dennis ward, has hit out at the bid by the local authority to scrap the free car park on Robartes Road and build affordable houses instead.
Mr Greenslade said the scheme came to light as "part of a desk-top exercise on all the car parks across the county" in a bid by Cornwall Council to slash expenditure and release assets.
"Our car park is considered to be underperforming to about the tune of £1,000. The expenditure is about £900 and the maintenance is about £85," he said.
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"Obviously no one has been down to look at it because they (Cornwall Council) say it is underperforming, but they have no way of knowing because there is no charge to park."
The village already suffers from a lack of public parking – the working men's club and the pub provide parking for its patrons, he said.
ClayTawc also provides limited parking.
Mr Greenslade said: "When I took this to the parish council meeting the parish council unanimously agreed with my view that we should fight to keep the car park."
Cornwall Council had suggested the parish council take on the car park provision.
"It is already taking on the toilets and the spraying of weeds and that's going to be around £9,000 expenditure. We felt another £1,000 would be too much.
"I have been asking Cornwall Council to leave it alone. We have had enough thrown at us with the incinerator – we don't need any more.
"The car park is an asset for the whole of the village. It (the suggestion) is ridiculous – it's an imposition too far and I intend to fight it all the way."
Ben Coleman, development manager at Cornwall Council, said it had been consulted with ten town and parish councils across the county.
He said it had been agreed, in light of the study, that it was difficult to determine how well the car park at St Dennis was used.
Mr Coleman said that after talks with the local member about the importance of the car park they had revised their thinking.
He added: "It's difficult to justify that it's underutilised when we do not have the proper measurements and it's unlikely to move forward for redevelopment."