Monday, 17 January 2011

Council will salt one car park per town

Cornwall Council has announced that it will salt one car park in each town in future icy weather. A number of residents had complained that, whilst they pay for season tickets, in icy weather the car parks can be inaccessible.

In Launceston, the car park to be treated will be the Cattle Market. That is good news for residents who leave their cars overnight, but may not be such good news for other drivers unless there is a commitment to salt the roads and (particularly) pavements which access the Cattle Market. After all, there's no use having an ice free car park if you cannot get into it and Race Hill is fairly steep leading to the entrance causing difficulties for pedestrians in the ice and snow.

The downside of the new policy is that salting will only happen after the snow and ice is formed - there will be no preventative treatment as happens on major roads. I am told that car parks will be inspected early in the morning and, if needed, treatment will happen later.

Overall, this is a step in the right direction and I thank the Council for it.

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