I'm working with residents in two areas of Launceston who want to see residents only parking schemes in their area.
People living on Western Terrace, part of Western Road, have parking in front of their homes, but it is limited to a maximum of a one hour stay and is mainly used by customers of the accountants and estate agents and by visitors to the centre of town (although you have to run there and back!) Residents of this area want to be able to park near their own home.
The other application is for a part of Kensey Hill near Hillpark Cottages. Parking in this area is unrestricted and is mainly taken during the day by people working in town who have been forced out of the car parks because of the huge increase in season ticket prices. Local residents coming home from work often find they have to park up to half a mile away - which is pretty bad if they are carrying shopping or have limited mobility.
In each case, if a residents only scheme is introduced, local people will be able to buy up to two permits per household as well as visitor tickets. Blue badge holders will also be able to park in the residents zone but other parking will be banned.
Schemes such as these are time consuming and costly to introduce, but they are sometimes the only way of helping residents to park within a reasonable distance of their homes. The two mentioned above will be considered by Cornwall Council officers before going out to a formal public consultation.