All council owned car parks in Cornwall which were free of charge to support high streets as they got back to business will be re-introducing charges from next week.

The council will keep its car parks free until May 17 to support high streets, as businesses such as non-essential shops, hairdressers and outside hospitality reopen. But from then on charges will be reintroduced.

Cornwall Council suspended parking charges at the beginning of lockdown in January to limit the spread of coronavirus and help those working from home find a parking space.

The plan is to resume charging on May 17, in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The council will no longer recognise the Government-issued NHS Free Parking Pass within its car parks from May 17.

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The council say this is due to it having implemented its own Healthcare parking permit scheme, with more than 2,500 permits already having been issued to healthcare professionals working within our communities.

These permits enable the holder to park safely on yellow lines, thereby maximising the amount of time spent delivering care to local residents within their homes.

Short stay car parks in Falmouth are Grove Place, The Moor and Well Lane, New Street.

Long stay are Church Street, Gyllyngvase in Queen Mary Road, Gyllyngvase Beach Coach Park (Coaches only) The Dell off Arwennack Avenue and Town Quarry off Quarry Hill.

Pendennis Headland is already free.

In Penryn short stay are Exchequer Quay and Saracen. Long stay is Commercial Road.

In the Helston area short stay car parks are at Trengrouse Way Extension and Trengrouse Way.

Long stay car parks at Castle Green and Tyacke Road as well as Helford and Poldhu Cove.

In the Truro are short stay car parks Carrick House, St Clement Street and Old Bridge Street.

Long stay car parks:

  • Beach Road, Porthtowan
  • Edward Street, Truro
  • Garras Wharf, Truro
  • Moorfield, Calenick Street, Truro
  • Moresk, Oakway, Truro
  • Pydar Street, Truro
  • Viaduct, Truro

Camborne's short stay car park is at Rosewarne and the long stay car park at Rosewarne Extension.

In Redruth the short stay car park is at New Cut while the long stay are at Flowerpot Chapel, New Cut Extension and West End.