Thursday, 27 March 2014

£1 All Day Saturday parking returns to Launceston

I'm really pleased to have been able to help secure the return of £1 all day parking on Saturdays starting from April 5th. The trial will run in Cornwall Council car parks in Launceston every Saturday until the end of June, but we hope it is successful enough to be made permanent.

In December, Cornwall Council ran a similar scheme for its car parks in the town in the run up to Christmas. According to local shops and cafes, this was a huge success and they saw many people taking advantage of the offer to stay longer in the town. At the same time, the town council made the multi-storey car park free for the final two Saturdays before Christmas.

Because the initial trial ran in December, and because of the town council offer at the same time, it wasn't possible for Cornwall Council to get an accurate idea of the impact of the £1 all day trial. So Jade Farrington and I have been working to get the offer back again - this time for a longer run. We remain convinced that it will bring more people into town for longer. So it will benefit town traders, but not mean a loss of income for the council.

I'm delighted that the council has now agreed and the trial will run for three months in the Cattle Market, Pannier Market, Walk House and Castle Street car parks. In order to take advantage of the offer, you need to buy a £1 pay and display ticket from the machine. You cannot use the RingGo system. Ignore the expiry time on the ticket - paying £1 means you can stay all day!

This is one of the key aims that my Liberal Democrat colleagues and I have campaigned for. We know that parking charges are felt to be high in Cornwall Council car parks and that is why we put aside money to underwrite trials like this. We believe that we can make parking fairer for commuters, for visitors and for shoppers by reducing charges, whilst still keeping the income that the council needs in order to provide all the other services that road users rely on.

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