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Car share scheme for gridlocked St Ives?

By CMScott  |  Posted: October 30, 2012

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Car share scheme for gridlocked St Ives?

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PRESSURE on parking in the home of the £50,000 parking space could be eased if a car share club gets public backing.

St Ives Town Council has called a public meeting to hear from the head of a national company currently negotiating with Cornwall Council.

Carplus is a national organisation called in by the county to set up car share schemes in Truro and Falmouth.

Now Chief executive Chas Ball has been invited to outline how the clubs work to the people of St Ives by Mayor Ron Tulley.

Car share schemes are often incentivised to make them more attractive to people thinking of taking part.

The debate will test the principles of people who may believe in protecting the environment and reducing the number of cars on roads – but might draw the line at sharing their car with strangers.

Councillor Tulley said: "The recent news that a car parking space in St Ives was on the market for in excess of £50,000 has highlighted yet again the shortage of parking spaces in the town.

"One way of tackling this might be for people to share cars, as this would keep a small number of cars in steady use instead of having a much larger number of vehicles standing unused in parking spaces for much of the time."

The meeting will be in the Council Chamber at the Guildhall at 4pm on Tuesday November 6. All members of the public are invited.

Mr Tulley said: "The parking problem in St Ives is as acute as ever and anything which can be done to tackle the problem needs to be considered. A car share club could be a novel way of tackling the parking problem in the town."

Would you share your car with someone else on the way to work? Is your car your castle - to be protected from intrusion by outsiders - or would you like the idea of meeting new people and having someone to chat to on the way into town? Tell us you views.

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  • CMScott  |  October 31 2012, 11:46AM

    It will be interesting to hear how Carplus would run a service. In terms of park and ride, Cornwall Council still plan to create a scheme at St Erth to serve St Ives, although the Government Ombudsman is looking at how they arrived at the decision to go ahead with that.

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  • josdave  |  October 31 2012, 9:39AM

    Carplus is a national organisation called in by the county to set up car share schemes in Truro and Falmouth It would be far better and cheaper if it was done on a voluntary basis between neighbours.

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  • StIvesUK  |  October 31 2012, 9:25AM

    So you make more space in St Ives... and fill it with tourists? Or is the Park and Ride still planned?

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