Proposed parking charges show 'utter contempt for motorists'

First published in Truro

Liberal Democrats at Cornwall Council have condemned the Tory-led authority's proposed parking charges for next year.

"These proposals show utter contempt for motorists, for localism and for reality," said Cllr Alex Folkes, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group.

"Quite simply they are treating motorists as a cash cow, but they won't make the money they think they will and local shops and businesses will be the ones who suffer."

"The council consulted local areas on the right charges for their areas. But the cabinet is proposing increasing these amounts by inflation. Not only does that defeat the object of some of the proposed charges, but it also won't work.

"They tried this trick last year but yet again the parking service failed to meet its income target and had to be bailed out to the tune of £3 million. That cash came from delaying road safety work and re-surfacing."

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11:22am Wed 14 Nov 12

Gill Zella Martin says...

Oh dear not good news for all those that promote the Conservative party.
Oh dear not good news for all those that promote the Conservative party. Gill Zella Martin
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4:38pm Wed 14 Nov 12

meerkats says...

This is not a step in the right direction to boost trade in towns and is certainly not good news for the public and traders.
This is not a step in the right direction to boost trade in towns and is certainly not good news for the public and traders. meerkats
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7:11pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Gill Zella Martin says...

Once again the cabinet are making the decision, get rid of the cabinet and have a committee system.
Once again the cabinet are making the decision, get rid of the cabinet and have a committee system. Gill Zella Martin
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7:33am Thu 15 Nov 12

Ian Bennett says...

Or perhaps leave it up to individual town councils to determine the best strategy to suit their needs. Better yet, sell the car parks to private operators and let them make decisions on a commercial basis. They are far more likely to be sensible because their own money is at stake.
Or perhaps leave it up to individual town councils to determine the best strategy to suit their needs. Better yet, sell the car parks to private operators and let them make decisions on a commercial basis. They are far more likely to be sensible because their own money is at stake. Ian Bennett
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12:40pm Thu 15 Nov 12

veritassleuth says...

Talk about the lunatics taking over the asylum. Since the Conservatives with Lid Dem support decided to dump the previous leader, and put doddery old Jim Curry in the post we have had

20% pay rise for Councillors. Previous leader would have vetoed.

These outrageous parking charges increases. previous leader would have vetoed.

Unless the Conservatives do something fast about this fool of a geriatric leading the council, who lets face it might as well defect to the Lib Dems, they dont stand a hope in hell of getting control next year.

Why dont you tories wake up. If Jim Curry was a member of the Lib Dems, he could not have done more harm to the tories that this poor hapless individual. Whats the betting he will soon be defecting, either to become and independent, or a Lib Dem
Talk about the lunatics taking over the asylum. Since the Conservatives with Lid Dem support decided to dump the previous leader, and put doddery old Jim Curry in the post we have had 20% pay rise for Councillors. Previous leader would have vetoed. These outrageous parking charges increases. previous leader would have vetoed. Unless the Conservatives do something fast about this fool of a geriatric leading the council, who lets face it might as well defect to the Lib Dems, they dont stand a hope in hell of getting control next year. Why dont you tories wake up. If Jim Curry was a member of the Lib Dems, he could not have done more harm to the tories that this poor hapless individual. Whats the betting he will soon be defecting, either to become and independent, or a Lib Dem veritassleuth
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12:41pm Thu 15 Nov 12

veritassleuth says...

Talk about the lunatics taking over the asylum. Since the Conservatives with Lid Dem support decided to dump the previous leader, and put doddery old Jim Curry in the post we have had

20% pay rise for Councillors. Previous leader would have vetoed.

These outrageous parking charges increases. previous leader would have vetoed.

Unless the Conservatives do something fast about this fool of a geriatric leading the council, who lets face it might as well defect to the Lib Dems, they dont stand a hope in hell of getting control next year.

Why dont you tories wake up. If Jim Curry was a member of the Lib Dems, he could not have done more harm to the tories that this poor hapless individual. Whats the betting he will soon be defecting, either to become and independent, or a Lib Dem
Talk about the lunatics taking over the asylum. Since the Conservatives with Lid Dem support decided to dump the previous leader, and put doddery old Jim Curry in the post we have had 20% pay rise for Councillors. Previous leader would have vetoed. These outrageous parking charges increases. previous leader would have vetoed. Unless the Conservatives do something fast about this fool of a geriatric leading the council, who lets face it might as well defect to the Lib Dems, they dont stand a hope in hell of getting control next year. Why dont you tories wake up. If Jim Curry was a member of the Lib Dems, he could not have done more harm to the tories that this poor hapless individual. Whats the betting he will soon be defecting, either to become and independent, or a Lib Dem veritassleuth
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12:41pm Thu 15 Nov 12

veritassleuth says...

Talk about the lunatics taking over the asylum. Since the Conservatives with Lid Dem support decided to dump the previous leader, and put doddery old Jim Curry in the post we have had

20% pay rise for Councillors. Previous leader would have vetoed.

These outrageous parking charges increases. previous leader would have vetoed.

Unless the Conservatives do something fast about this fool of a geriatric leading the council, who lets face it might as well defect to the Lib Dems, they dont stand a hope in hell of getting control next year.

Why dont you tories wake up. If Jim Curry was a member of the Lib Dems, he could not have done more harm to the tories that this poor hapless individual. Whats the betting he will soon be defecting, either to become and independent, or a Lib Dem
Talk about the lunatics taking over the asylum. Since the Conservatives with Lid Dem support decided to dump the previous leader, and put doddery old Jim Curry in the post we have had 20% pay rise for Councillors. Previous leader would have vetoed. These outrageous parking charges increases. previous leader would have vetoed. Unless the Conservatives do something fast about this fool of a geriatric leading the council, who lets face it might as well defect to the Lib Dems, they dont stand a hope in hell of getting control next year. Why dont you tories wake up. If Jim Curry was a member of the Lib Dems, he could not have done more harm to the tories that this poor hapless individual. Whats the betting he will soon be defecting, either to become and independent, or a Lib Dem veritassleuth
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3:52pm Thu 15 Nov 12

ronedgcumbe says...

Sometime it seems the council is actually trying to destroy the smaller town centers. Only the supermarkets gain from this.
Sometime it seems the council is actually trying to destroy the smaller town centers. Only the supermarkets gain from this. ronedgcumbe
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4:31pm Thu 15 Nov 12

meerkats says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
Sometime it seems the council is actually trying to destroy the smaller town centers. Only the supermarkets gain from this.
I agree with your comment, the council is certainly not doing much to help them. The supermarkets will gain,as they have free parking and sell practically everything.
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: Sometime it seems the council is actually trying to destroy the smaller town centers. Only the supermarkets gain from this.[/p][/quote]I agree with your comment, the council is certainly not doing much to help them. The supermarkets will gain,as they have free parking and sell practically everything. meerkats
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6:37pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Bess Trecoa says...

Well maybe Helston town council should have had free or subsidised parking in way such as Camborne has.
Well maybe Helston town council should have had free or subsidised parking in way such as Camborne has. Bess Trecoa
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7:00pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Gill Zella Martin says...

Ian Bennett wrote:
Or perhaps leave it up to individual town councils to determine the best strategy to suit their needs. Better yet, sell the car parks to private operators and let them make decisions on a commercial basis. They are far more likely to be sensible because their own money is at stake.
If the car-parks were privatized though, the charges could be really high, like hospital car-parking charges.
I do however agree it should be the town councils that decide. The parking advisory panel did discuss individual needs with local town councils but unfortunately the final decision is not made by them. Shame Cornwall Council are not so keen to pass the car-parks on to the town councils in the same way that they want to hand the toilets over.
[quote][p][bold]Ian Bennett[/bold] wrote: Or perhaps leave it up to individual town councils to determine the best strategy to suit their needs. Better yet, sell the car parks to private operators and let them make decisions on a commercial basis. They are far more likely to be sensible because their own money is at stake.[/p][/quote]If the car-parks were privatized though, the charges could be really high, like hospital car-parking charges. I do however agree it should be the town councils that decide. The parking advisory panel did discuss individual needs with local town councils but unfortunately the final decision is not made by them. Shame Cornwall Council are not so keen to pass the car-parks on to the town councils in the same way that they want to hand the toilets over. Gill Zella Martin
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7:28pm Thu 15 Nov 12

ronedgcumbe says...

Certainly agree with Bess Trecoa. The town council in Helston has gone down the wrong route with the supermarkets money. Subsidised parking is always the best way to help town centres. You have to start with a level playing field when you compete with the supermarkets.
Certainly agree with Bess Trecoa. The town council in Helston has gone down the wrong route with the supermarkets money. Subsidised parking is always the best way to help town centres. You have to start with a level playing field when you compete with the supermarkets. ronedgcumbe
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7:54pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Gill Zella Martin says...

I think if the town council has no control over the car-park charges then extra free parking bays should be introduced with a time limit for parking on them for an hour. I personally will continue to park in the Tyack Road or Trengrouse Way car-parks but I suspect a lot of people will be detered if the parking charges are altered yet again in favour of Cornwall Council.
I think if the town council has no control over the car-park charges then extra free parking bays should be introduced with a time limit for parking on them for an hour. I personally will continue to park in the Tyack Road or Trengrouse Way car-parks but I suspect a lot of people will be detered if the parking charges are altered yet again in favour of Cornwall Council. Gill Zella Martin
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3:29pm Mon 19 Nov 12

ElevenEleven says...

Cornwall Council had a report produced last year (at the cost of god-knows-how-much) pretty much condemning their whole approach to car parking and warning them that putting up charges will only drive people away from town centres and they would probably end up with less revenue.

It seems they have chosen to ignore that report and press on with their agenda to ruin our town centres for good.

Roll on next year's local elections...
Cornwall Council had a report produced last year (at the cost of god-knows-how-much) pretty much condemning their whole approach to car parking and warning them that putting up charges will only drive people away from town centres and they would probably end up with less revenue. It seems they have chosen to ignore that report and press on with their agenda to ruin our town centres for good. Roll on next year's local elections... ElevenEleven
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7:41am Wed 21 Nov 12

molesworth says...

Instigate free parking and they will come.
How to make shoppers stay away; charge them to park. It's not rocket science! Can no one see this apart from me? Establish free parking in Falmouth and it would be like market day every day.
And don't try and compete with supermarkets. High streets should become centres for fashion; specialist food; antiques; hairdressers; bicycles; sex toys; designer furnishings; pound shops; party shops; pasty shops; you get the picture...
Instigate free parking and they will come. How to make shoppers stay away; charge them to park. It's not rocket science! Can no one see this apart from me? Establish free parking in Falmouth and it would be like market day every day. And don't try and compete with supermarkets. High streets should become centres for fashion; specialist food; antiques; hairdressers; bicycles; sex toys; designer furnishings; pound shops; party shops; pasty shops; you get the picture... molesworth
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