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Redruth shopkeepers fight back against parking charges blight
9:51am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
Shopkeepers in Redruth have collected in the region of 3,500 signatures calling for Cornwall Council to lower car parking charges in the town.
Tracey Hellings from the Bits and Bobs shop in the town is among the 15 or so shopkeepers who have put together the petition.
She said: “Our businesses are so quiet because they put the car parking charges up. It's stopped people coming into the town.”
Ms Hellings said many people used to pop into the town briefly to go to the bank and the odd shop, but the change in parking prices meant shoppers were now put off.
It used to cost 50p per hour to park, but drivers are now charged £1 for two hours (the minimum stay), which rises to £3 for over that time.
“Now people are taking chances and parking on double yellow lines and getting tickets,” she added. “Everyone is agreed that it should be lowered back to 50p for one hour and then £1 for two to three hours. It would encourage people back into the shops.”
A spokesperson from Cornwall Council said that the original one hour car park tariff was removed from the town in order to reduce the charge of the two hour tariff, from £1.90 to £1.
“The aim of the change was to try and encourage people to stay longer in the town in order to promote the use of a wider range of facilities. The council will seek the views of local members on the issue and will return to the original tariff structure if such a move is supported,” added the spokesperson.
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