Town urges extension to cheaper parking trial
A plea has gone out to Cornwall's new cabinet member for highways and transportation to take urgent action to address parking issues in Launceston.
Liberal Democrats in the market town have written to Bert Biscoe urging him to continue the £200 season ticket trial price, which is due to finish on Wednesday.
Councillors Alex Folkes and Sasha Gillard-Loft and local campaigner Jade Farrington have also asked him to extend the deal to other areas of the town where Cornwall Council still charges £470 per year.
"The trial period is due to run out at the end of the month and Launceston cannot afford to return to the previous chaos," said Mr Folkes, Lib Dem councillor for Launceston Central. "We've asked Mr Biscoe to confirm the trial as a success and make the £200 price permanent. We also need him to extend the deal to the other season ticket areas around the town rather than just limiting it to the Cattle Market long-stay car park."
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He said rising cost encouraged commuters to leave their cars in residential streets as they abandoned the car parks – making it difficult for householders to find a space outside their own homes.
Campaigner Jade Farrington said: "We're asking Cornwall Council to include the right to park in the Fair Park season ticket car park within the cost of the permit as it is currently almost empty and it would give residents a much better chance of finding a space."