Monday, 2 March 2015

New parking charges - what is the best option for you?

The new parking charges for Cornwall Council car parks in Launceston are a good deal for the town, but the different charges can be confusing. In order to work out what is the best option for you - whether you are an occasional visitor or a regular user - we have produced this factsheet.


For a one-off visit:

Up to 1 hour - 60p in the town council’s multi-storey car park
1-2 hours - £1 in the Walk House or Upper Cattle Market long stay car parks
All day Monday to Friday - £2 in the Upper Cattle Market long stay car park
All day Saturday - £1 in the Walk House or Upper Cattle Market long stay car parks


For regular users:

One working week (5 days) - £2 per day totalling £10 in the Upper Cattle Market long stay car park
Annual - £110 in the Race Hill car park on Fair Park Close or £215 in the other Cornwall Council car parks if you would like to park closer to the town centre.


If you are a regular car park user you may be better off with an annual permit, even if you do not use the car parks every day:

If you work five days per week with six weeks’ holiday, you’re parking for 230 days each year. The £110 permit is 48p per working day and the £215 permit is 93p per working day so you’re better off if you buy a permit. If you can’t afford the full amount in one go then you can set up a direct debit.

Four days per week is 184 days per year. With a £110 permit that’s 60p and with a £215 permit it’s £1.17 so you’re better off with a permit.

Three days per week is 138 days. That’s 80p or £1.56 so you’re better off with a permit.

Two days per week is 92 days. That’s £1.20 or £2.34 so you’re better off if you get a permit for anywhere except the Upper Cattle Market long stay car park which is £2 per day.

One day per week is 46 days. That’s £2.39 or £4.67. Your best option is to park in the Upper Cattle Market long stay car park which is £2 per day. But if you want to park in the Walk House car park it is still cheaper for you to buy an annual permit.


(These scales are all based on weekday day-time charges. Charges on Saturdays are cheaper and on Sundays and after 4pm car parks are free.)

To buy a permit call 0300 1234 222 or visit http://tiny.cc/buyapermit

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