Council cuts could see on street pay parking in Falmouth and huge job losses county-wide

Council cuts could see on street pay parking in Falmouth and huge job losses county-wide

Council cuts could see on street pay parking in Falmouth and huge job losses county-wide

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On street parking in Falmouth could be charged for and car parks sold off under new proposals to save money.

Cornwall Council could also stop inspecting all but the highest risk food outlets and businesses in its bid to cut £196 million from its budget over the next four years – despite acknowledging that “this may leave the public exposed to unacceptable risks in respect of food poisoning and unfair trading practices.”

No area of the council’s services is safe, with public health and protection, community safety, health and adult care, and children’s services all coming in for a hit in its 160 page draft of proposed cuts.

One of the biggest changes to Falmouth could come from county’s free or low income car parks being taken over by the local councils or other bodies – although the county would keep hold of “strategically important or high income generation car parks.”

It is not stated which category Falmouth falls into, but it leaves the potential for the town council to take control.

While many could see this as a positive move, there is a sting in the tail in the next proposal – as cabinet members recommend charging for on-street parking “where appropriate”.

Running of car parks could be handed over to a third party, with the council keeping strategic control but in a similar way to waste collection – where the |contract has been given to Cory Environmental – where a private company would be responsible for day-to-day management. Parking tariffs would be set by the council.

The council hopes to raise more money through “more effective and focused use of existing parking enforcement” and increased charges at off street car parks.

Despite this, it is proposed to reduce the standard of car park “cleansing” in |rubbish collections and minimise sweeping and drainage, and surface maintenance.

This would result in a 12 per cent decrease on the current budget – which has already been cut this financial year.

The council admitted it “could mean that response times to address reported |incidents will lengthen and frequency of routine maintenance will reduce to just reactive maintenance.”

However, £100,000 could be saved annually by simply removing staff colour printers.

It is proposed to take “lollypop” school crossing patrols away from places that have zebra or pelican crossings, although it acknowledges: “Pedestrian safety will not be reduced, but the perception will be that children will be less safe without assistance on formal crossings.”

In winter, the council |proposes to reduce |precautionary road salting, potentially saving £500,000 a year depending on the extent and duration of conditions.

It would not be possible to continue the county’s National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (due to the |necessary level of inspections), visits to prevent the sale of alcohol and tobacco to children may not be carried out, there would be no out-of-hours service to respond to breaches of noise abatement notices, and dog fouling patrols may end, as well as responding to such complaints – although a stray dog collection would continue.

There could be less on-call and trained staff available in emergencies such as |flooding and industrial action.

It is acknowledged that fly-tipping could increase as a result of charging for hazardous waste.

In health and adult care, waiting times for assessment could be increased and reductions made in the delivery of |services, and there would be a five per cent increase in charges for burials and cremations.

Council staff could be made redundant in a number of departments, with the cuts expected to have a “very |detrimental effect” on finance in |particular, with 27 per cent (up to 40 full time employees) of the core accountancy and audit workforce potentially losing their jobs.

Cabinet members have put together the document that will go before the full council for a final decision on November 22. Before then, however, public meetings will take place giving people the chance to voice their opinions and hear more details. In Falmouth one will be held on Tuesday, October 21 at 4pm, in the Falmouth Town Council chamber on The Moor.

All the comments and suggestions will be used to produce a revised draft, which will be discussed by the cabinet on November 5 before the full council |meeting.

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4:28pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Charging for on street parking in Falmouth and Helston will encourage the use of out of town supermarkets. I thought Cornwall Council previously pledged to support town centres. If the footfall of Helston drops because of on street parking charges and consequently more shops close, then the knock on effect will be yet likely another drop in footfall, Cornwall Council will then inevitably lose income from their high generating income car parks, the ones they will not pass responsibility for, to the town councils, therefore long term all will lose out.
Charging for on street parking in Falmouth and Helston will encourage the use of out of town supermarkets. I thought Cornwall Council previously pledged to support town centres. If the footfall of Helston drops because of on street parking charges and consequently more shops close, then the knock on effect will be yet likely another drop in footfall, Cornwall Council will then inevitably lose income from their high generating income car parks, the ones they will not pass responsibility for, to the town councils, therefore long term all will lose out. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 13

4:53pm Wed 3 Sep 14

seacom says...

And the assurance was a unitary authority (Cornwall Council) would be more efficent save the tax payer money and provide better services.Somebody has got it wrong it seems. probably timely to merge with Devon and share the burden.
And the assurance was a unitary authority (Cornwall Council) would be more efficent save the tax payer money and provide better services.Somebody has got it wrong it seems. probably timely to merge with Devon and share the burden. seacom
  • Score: -2

8:08pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.
If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 8

7:06am Fri 5 Sep 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.
On street parking is now generally charge by prebooking or by ringing a mobile number. Seems to work well in other parts of the country and can be checked for payment very quickly with of course no need for unsightly meters.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.[/p][/quote]On street parking is now generally charge by prebooking or by ringing a mobile number. Seems to work well in other parts of the country and can be checked for payment very quickly with of course no need for unsightly meters. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: -2

7:20am Fri 5 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.
On street parking is now generally charge by prebooking or by ringing a mobile number. Seems to work well in other parts of the country and can be checked for payment very quickly with of course no need for unsightly meters.
How would that work in Helston with holiday makers and people passing through and wanting to stop on the spur of the moment? I park in the car parks but do not always pre plan when I am going to Helston. One would need a mobile phone, a signal, and would take up time in the bay making the phone call. How can they pre book a bay, on arrival the bays may all be full?
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.[/p][/quote]On street parking is now generally charge by prebooking or by ringing a mobile number. Seems to work well in other parts of the country and can be checked for payment very quickly with of course no need for unsightly meters.[/p][/quote]How would that work in Helston with holiday makers and people passing through and wanting to stop on the spur of the moment? I park in the car parks but do not always pre plan when I am going to Helston. One would need a mobile phone, a signal, and would take up time in the bay making the phone call. How can they pre book a bay, on arrival the bays may all be full? Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 4

7:23am Fri 5 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.
On street parking is now generally charge by prebooking or by ringing a mobile number. Seems to work well in other parts of the country and can be checked for payment very quickly with of course no need for unsightly meters.
The fact remains, charging for the currently free bays in Helston will likely push more people in the direction of the out of town supermarkets with their free and easy parking.
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.[/p][/quote]On street parking is now generally charge by prebooking or by ringing a mobile number. Seems to work well in other parts of the country and can be checked for payment very quickly with of course no need for unsightly meters.[/p][/quote]The fact remains, charging for the currently free bays in Helston will likely push more people in the direction of the out of town supermarkets with their free and easy parking. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 4

7:28am Fri 5 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Incidentally I saw one person trying to pay by phone in Kittos car park just recently, and their phone call was disconnected in the middle of paying because of loss of signal!
Incidentally I saw one person trying to pay by phone in Kittos car park just recently, and their phone call was disconnected in the middle of paying because of loss of signal! Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 4

8:00am Fri 5 Sep 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
ronedgcumbe wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.
On street parking is now generally charge by prebooking or by ringing a mobile number. Seems to work well in other parts of the country and can be checked for payment very quickly with of course no need for unsightly meters.
The fact remains, charging for the currently free bays in Helston will likely push more people in the direction of the out of town supermarkets with their free and easy parking.
The council should of sorted out parking in Helston long ago. Maximising on street parking with dedicated loading and unloading bays with have increased footfall.
I think most visitors will be used to the system and not have a problem with it. Prebooking was the wrong word I meant prepayment.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.[/p][/quote]On street parking is now generally charge by prebooking or by ringing a mobile number. Seems to work well in other parts of the country and can be checked for payment very quickly with of course no need for unsightly meters.[/p][/quote]The fact remains, charging for the currently free bays in Helston will likely push more people in the direction of the out of town supermarkets with their free and easy parking.[/p][/quote]The council should of sorted out parking in Helston long ago. Maximising on street parking with dedicated loading and unloading bays with have increased footfall. I think most visitors will be used to the system and not have a problem with it. Prebooking was the wrong word I meant prepayment. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: 0

8:56am Fri 5 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
ronedgcumbe wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.
On street parking is now generally charge by prebooking or by ringing a mobile number. Seems to work well in other parts of the country and can be checked for payment very quickly with of course no need for unsightly meters.
The fact remains, charging for the currently free bays in Helston will likely push more people in the direction of the out of town supermarkets with their free and easy parking.
The council should of sorted out parking in Helston long ago. Maximising on street parking with dedicated loading and unloading bays with have increased footfall.
I think most visitors will be used to the system and not have a problem with it. Prebooking was the wrong word I meant prepayment.
Oh right, yes, I understand now, except where most visitors come from they probably have better mobile phone signal coverage.

Well that brings us back to the section 106 money then does it not? I agree, some free parking should have been a priority a long time ago. A good majority of the public including you and I stated this, but our opinions were dismissed.
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: If Cornwall Council charge for on street parking in Helston then presumably they will have to pay out to install and maintain meters of some description. How can they justify putting meters in a street in a conservation area? there was a big enough fuss about what a bus shelter should look like in a conservation zone. Meters would completely alter the character of the street in my opinion. The conservation officer would not even allow the removal of a wall by the Trengrouse Way toilet so if he approves the installation of meters in Coinagehall Street then I believe it will be contradictory standards.[/p][/quote]On street parking is now generally charge by prebooking or by ringing a mobile number. Seems to work well in other parts of the country and can be checked for payment very quickly with of course no need for unsightly meters.[/p][/quote]The fact remains, charging for the currently free bays in Helston will likely push more people in the direction of the out of town supermarkets with their free and easy parking.[/p][/quote]The council should of sorted out parking in Helston long ago. Maximising on street parking with dedicated loading and unloading bays with have increased footfall. I think most visitors will be used to the system and not have a problem with it. Prebooking was the wrong word I meant prepayment.[/p][/quote]Oh right, yes, I understand now, except where most visitors come from they probably have better mobile phone signal coverage. Well that brings us back to the section 106 money then does it not? I agree, some free parking should have been a priority a long time ago. A good majority of the public including you and I stated this, but our opinions were dismissed. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 4

9:10pm Sat 6 Sep 14

ElevenEleven says...

If they introduce on-street parking charges in Falmouth, this will be a disaster for the town centre.

The town, particularly the maritime end, does quite well with the tourist trade now, but we need to look after the locals who might use the town all year if parking was easy and cheap.

Everything is not as rosy as it sometimes seems in Falmouth, we don't need even more deterrent to people using the town.
If they introduce on-street parking charges in Falmouth, this will be a disaster for the town centre. The town, particularly the maritime end, does quite well with the tourist trade now, but we need to look after the locals who might use the town all year if parking was easy and cheap. Everything is not as rosy as it sometimes seems in Falmouth, we don't need even more deterrent to people using the town. ElevenEleven
  • Score: 4

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