A solution could be on the way for Truro residents living under “siege” conditions because of the city’s parking crisis.
Cornwall Council is planning to introduce three new residential parking zones to stop commuters parking on city streets.
The issue of parking in Truro has become increasingly fraught with fewer parking spaces available because of the introduction of residents' schemes elsewhere in the city.
A Cornwall Council member has set up a public meeting to discuss possible solutions.
The latest schemes are for Mount Pleasant Road in Threemilestone, Gloweth Villas and the Carrine Road area including Newbridge Lane, Newbridge Way, Valley Close, Valley View Drive and Wheal Sperries.
Fiona Ferguson, Cornwall Council member for Truro Trehaverne, said: “There is certainly a serious problem.
“I have people in one or two of the roads who feel they are living under siege. Particularly elderly people who feel they can’t go out because they won’t be able to get a parking space again where they can walk back home.”
But while residents’ lives are affected by people parking on their street, there is also concern over where commuters can park.
Mrs Ferguson said: “I don’t think it’s entirely realistic for people to assume they can park for free.
“Maybe more has to be done to help people on low wages who work in Truro. But if local residents feel they are living under siege that is not acceptable.”
Dozens of people responded online when the West Briton highlighted the issue recently.
One reader, Truro_mum, said: “Would the simple answer not be to introduce permit parking throughout Truro, rather than just pinpointing certain areas and increasing pressure on those areas not included.
“Open the purchase of permits to anyone, allowing both those working or living in Truro to buy one, but heavily reducing the price for the residents living there. This way everyone wins, the residents have the number of vehicles in their area vastly reduced, the workers are able to park within the designated zones for the day and the car parks are freed up for the shoppers.”
Tomorrow is the deadline for responses to the public consultation on the latest parking schemes to be submitted to Cornwall Council.
Everyone is welcome to attend the public meeting to discuss parking in Truro which will be held at 7pm on March 12 in the council chamber at County Hall.