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Free 30 mins parking to be offered in all Cornwall Council run car parks

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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The offer, which begins on 1 March and runs until 20 April, has been developed in response to calls from some local businesses for a free first half hour of parking to allow people to make a flying visit to their local town centre.

The Council will be monitoring the response to this offer to assess how much demand there is for free half hour parking and where that demand is greatest.

“‘It is very important that car parks should contribute to the competitive environment of our town centres, and that the Council should manage the car parks to support local businesses” said Bert Biscoe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste.

“These trials are an effort to understand what measures, when and in which places, we can use in future to enhance trading, improve accessibility for people needing to come into town centres for services, and to sustain car parks income to contribute to the maintenance of the road network.”

As it would be too costly to change the pay and display machines in all the Council run car parks for this trial, anyone wanting to take advantage of the offer will need to use the RingGo mobile phone payment service.

Although this system is very easy to use, first time users will be required to provide some initial information and so they may find it easier to register online at

While there will be no cost for the first half hour of parking, anyone who wants to have a text message sent to them to remind them of when the parking session is over or if they want to extend the parking session, will be charged for that message and any additional parking. Details of these charges will be available on the tariff boards in the car parks or via the RingGo phone line.

The free half hour parking is the latest in a series of car parking trials which are currently being implemented by the Council.

These include:

Reduced season ticket charges in Council run car parks in 45 towns and villages across Cornwall.

Changes to the winter parking charges in Bude and St Ives

Reduction in day charges in less well used car parks in Liskeard and Penzance

Changes to the tariff structure in car parks in Hayle and Camborne and one car park in St Austell.

Other measures in place to support town centres include a trial of a £1 evening charge after 6pm in Penzance, Newquay and Falmouth. Members of the public can also park for £1 after 4pm in some short stay car parks in Truro and St Austell, while some other towns have free parking after 4pm.

Please check the details on tariff boards in individual car parks for more information.

The results of both this trial and the other parking trials which are taking place across Cornwall will be analysed to assess the level of demand and to get feedback from members of the public and businesses. This information will then be used to plan future parking charges and future offers.

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