Monday, 2 March 2015

New charges for Launceston car parks

After a massive battle Launceston has come out with a set of parking tariffs which will help support shoppers, workers and businesses – including the new shops which are now opening their doors.

Cornwall Council had proposed to scrap our £1 all day Saturday parking and £1 for 2-hour parking, and put up season ticket prices to more than £300. We’d all fought very hard to get cheap prices introduced in the first place so we know what a disaster this would have been for low-paid workers and for the shops and businesses which are fighting back and starting to enjoy growth again after a very tough economic period. The £1 all day Saturday parking in particular has helped boost footfall and meant that people can support the increasing number of markets, festivals, fairs and other events now being organised in our town.

Your Cornwall Councillors (Jade Farrington, Adam Paynter and I) put forward a counter set of proposals which gained the backing of Launceston Town Council and Launceston Chamber of Commerce who helped spread the word about Cornwall Council’s damaging plans. Sue Issleib in ...hazard clothing deserves extra special thanks. She helped distribute more consultation forms than anyone else, meaning that Launceston people sent back more responses than any other place.

The cabinet member in charge of the parking tariffs, Councillor Bert Biscoe, agreed to meet with Jade, Adam and me at the eleventh hour. We made it absolutely clear to him and an officer that their proposals would harm Launceston and would not generate any extra money because people would abandon the car parks and park in residential streets or shop out of town instead. We are very grateful that they listened in the end and, after negotiation, agreed to the tariffs below. Thank you to them and to everyone who supported this successful campaign. If it wasn’t for all the work everyone put in then I would be writing a very different post.

Please support your town centre and the car parks. If they aren't used enough then the council will increase the tariffs significantly next year to make up for lost income. It's down to all of us to make sure they don't!

Key points:
  • £1 for two hours will continue in the long stay car parks (Walk House and the Upper Cattle Market)
  • £1 all day Saturday parking retained in the long stay car parks
  • £2 all day Monday to Friday parking introduced in the Cattle Market long stay car park
  • Annual season tickets available for £110 or £215 depending on the car park – that’s 30p or 59p per day.

The full tariffs:
All below to apply Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and come into effect on March 15th

Castle Street short stay car park
1 hour - 70p
2 hours - £1.30
3 hours - £3.60

Cattle Market long stay car park
2 hours - £1
All day - £2
3 months - £60
6 months - £113
Annual - £215

Cattle Market short stay car park
1 hour - 70p
2 hours - £1.30
3 hours - £3.60

Duke Street permit only car park
3 months - £60
6 months - £113
Annual - £215

Pannier Market short stay car park
1 hour - 70p
2 hours - £1.30
3 hours - £3.60

Race Hill permit only car park
Annual - £110
6 months - £58

Tower Street permit only car park
3 months - £60
6 months - £113
Annual - £215

Walk House long stay car park
2 hours - £1
3 hours - £3.60
24 hours - £6.30
3 months - £60
6 months - £113
Annual - £215

Long stay car parks £1 all day on Saturdays, otherwise same tariffs as Monday to Friday.

All Cornwall Council car parks are free on Sundays and free from 4pm to 9am.


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