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Parking crisis in Truro makes life "just hell"

By WBMiles  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

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Transport boss Bert Biscoe wants public debate on the parking crisis in Truro.

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The streets of Truro have become a battleground for people living in the city and those who drive to work there.

The issue of where to park has reached fever pitch with residents claiming commuters have made their lives “just hell”.

Figures show there are 14,000 people driving into Truro every day and the area in which they can park for free is shrinking.

Residents’ parking schemes have been introduced in some streets but have only made matters worse in areas where free parking is available.

The transport boss at Cornwall Council said the matter was affecting the quality of life of large numbers of people in the city. He admitted he did not have a solution but appealed to the public to find a way forward.

Bert Biscoe, portfolio holder for transport at Cornwall Council, said: “There is a bargain to be struck between residents of a town and the people who commute in to work.

“That bargain is based on the fact that people who live in Truro enjoy a prosperous town which is rendered prosperous by the people who come here to work.

“The bargain is that we, the residents, will tolerate you coming in to town and parking if you respect our need as residents to come and go from our properties and to have reasonable access.

“What I’m seeing and hearing all over town is that the bargain is breaking down. It’s the erosion of tolerance and respect between people who all have an interest in the town.”

Mr Biscoe said the introduction of residents’ parking schemes had been a “critical factor” and had shifted the problem rather than solving it.

He said more and more areas were demanding residents’ parking schemes but if they were introduced everywhere that would leave people on relatively low wages who come to work in Truro with nowhere to park.

Jo Greenslade from Trehaverne Terrace said the parking situation has got far worse. She is reluctant to take her car out during the day as she knows her space will have been taken when she gets back.

For a single mother working as a childminder it makes her life a misery.

She said: “First thing in the morning you can see the commuters with fear in their eyes trying to race to a parking space.

“It’s just evil outside to the point where I don’t want to take my car out in the week.”

Ms Greenslade said three families have moved out of her street because of the parking situation.

“It’s been getting progressively worse over the last couple of years and now it’s just hell,” she said.

On the other side of town the once-crowded streets of Redannick are now empty for most of the day after a residents parking scheme was introduced in December.

Resident Neil Williams said: “By putting in a residents’ parking scheme you are excluding people from outside the area from parking in the day.

“There was not the issue before they put the first residents’ parking scheme in and that concentrated the problem.

“The lesser area you have for people to park for free the worse it gets. The problem is being created by the residents’ parking schemes.”

Mr Williams said he felt it was unfair Cornwall Council were charging for something that was previously free.

For residents the first permit costs £55 per year and the second permit is £68.75 with business permits at £100.

Car park charges in Truro stand at £5 per day in the Moresk car park or £6.50 per day in Garras Wharf with a weekly ticket for £35.

Season tickets are available for the Edward St, Garras Wharf, Moresk, Pydar Street, and Viaduct car parks in Truro at a cost of £228 for three months, £456 for six months or £898 for a year.

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  • chert  |  February 10 2014, 9:17AM

    Quoted from a mail from Bert.... "I agree that this is a big problem, and that it is the product of a number of policies conflicting with each other.".... "Judging from the correspondence, e-traffic and conversation I think the public debate is happening. The Council needs to respond fairly, practically and quickly." Knowing the councils idea of "quickly" this debate could take place within my lifetime if i'm lucky.

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  • chert  |  February 02 2014, 9:55AM

    Just another problem that will be ignored and no one will do anything.

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  • chert  |  January 31 2014, 10:06AM

    hayleboy...you obviously have no idea what you're talking about.Resident in Malabar have paid 1000's of pounds to have off street parking by turning their front gardens in to parking areas which are blocked by inconsiderate selfish morons aka "commuters". It took 3 attempts and an extra £60 in charges to have something delivered to my house because the lorry couldn't get outside my house.When i asked politely for "commuters" to not park outside my house and explained why all i got was abuse. One of my elderly neighbors has cancer and breathing difficulties attends hospital 2-3 times a week,on returning home the car has to be parked 100m away a walk that she has to endure often taking 30mins hardly a fun walk in bad weather. Who is Bisco to decide if people can have permit parking? Lets have a public debate and get the media and our MP to attend maybe this Bisco guy can give us honest answers.

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  • trurofamily14  |  January 29 2014, 8:41PM

    as a resident hoping to have residents parking implemented I can say that it will not be before time that commuters are stopped from parking in residential areas as only this morning at 07.30 I left for work and had to walk past commuters smoking weed eating cereal and then throwing milk on the road, applying make up as they are happy to sit in their car for upto a hour rather than have to race around when all the spaces are gone. last week whilst I was doing paperwork while my windscreen was clearing a lady in a car worth in excess of £20000 stopped and asked are you going yet ? I replied no I am waiting for my screen to clear and then I will leave . to which she replied awkward ******* and then drove off.

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  • hayleboy  |  January 29 2014, 3:03PM

    Homes with no parking allocation are quite obviously a cheaper home. If you want the privilege of allocated parking then choose the correct property to live in. I have no off street parking parking in my home and enjoy a lower house price. I 'deal with it', even when people come to their workplace and park outside my house. I don't feel guilty when I do the same with my car when I'm parking in whichever town or city, I am visiting. My partner regularly gets 'abused' by Truro residents and threats to scratch our car. People need to relax and accept 'their lot' or... move to location they can accept the parking situation.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  January 28 2014, 9:52PM

    Truronians are being forced to pay for something - effectively a 25 quid hike in tax - to pay for poor planning decisions that have allowed for new places to work (like the Mortgage Group) with little or no car parking to support them. Some schemes are also being introduced without consultation.

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  • break  |  January 28 2014, 4:22PM

    "He (Bert Biscoe) admitted he did not have a solution but appealed to the public to find a way forward." So he's not going to do anything,he's going to leave it to the public to sort out. Nice to know where peoples priorities lie.

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  • TheGeofflane  |  January 28 2014, 3:45PM

    A amused by Simongaz. All those tiny, terraced properties fronting, granite-walled to the footpath. What front gardens? But Biscoe and the rest of 'em keep building on. It gets harder to commute from west of Threemilestone every day, yet literally thousands of houses are in the 'pipeline'. It is already beyond a joke. All they want is your council tax. Where you park and how you get there doesn't concern them. One day we should all drive in to County Hall and park there. And use their toilets while we're at it. They've closed 'em everywhere else.

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  • Roy223  |  January 28 2014, 2:55PM

    This problem is only going to get worse when all the proposed house building is finished. Truro is a victim of it's success. It as choked up all the main arteries leading in; and the rat runs through the back roads. I say stop this lunacy of mass building around Truro and other parts of Cornwall and concentrate on solving the problems that exists now.

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  • kurlykev  |  January 28 2014, 1:05PM

    I live in Truro and have a residents permit. This scheme doesn't seem particularly well thought out either. While I can go out in the day and be reasonably sure of a space the restrictions are then lifted at 6pm. Between visitors and the fact that the council give out more permits per street than there are spaces I am unlikely to find a space in the evening if I leave. So my permit is more of a parking lottery ticket. I often have to park up past the viaduct, no doubt annoying the residents there. Also, the walk back in the cold and dark isn't too bad for me but for the elderly, or anyone with kids, hardly ideal. Simply put, the scheme leads to no parking when you need it, be you a resident or commuter. Current rules seem to satisfy no one but the bean counters. I have absolutely no idea how the council runs out of money, given the ridiculous parking charges and omnipresent traffic wardens. Wouldn't it be amazing to have a council with a priority to serve, rather than fleece, the people?

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