VISITORS staying in student accommodation during the holidays are accused of dangerously parking cars near the “Pont Bleu”.
For the second, possibly the third year in a row, cars are parked along Kernick Road at the traffic lights, causing problems for oncoming traffic.
According to local residents, the problems were caused by holidaymakers and entrepreneurs staying in The Sidings student accommodation next to the train station during the holidays.
Helen Bell said her husband was so exasperated by the terrible parking lot that he jumped off his motorbike to take these photos showing how parked cars were blocking the exit of traffic lights and causing real problems.
A local resident, who did not want to be identified, said when the issue first surfaced last year, she raised it with local councilor Mary May, who asked Cornwall council to promise to paint double yellow lines in the spring. However, this has now been pushed back to the fall.
She says she is now in contact with newly elected Cornwall councilor Tamsyn Widdon who suggested she report the parking issues to council.
She has also been in contact with the management of Sidings who, she says, have been sympathetic and agreed to put notices in guest mailboxes saying they are not supposed to park on the road, which , according to her, is impossible because all the parking lots are full. .
However, yesterday the cars were pictured still parked in the same position and blocking traffic.
“Anyone who is local will remember when The Sidings was built it was stated that students should not bring cars and use public transport,” she said.
“However, it is now a big blow to the community of Penryn that during the summer rooms can be rented, resulting in an influx of vehicles adding to an already desperate parking situation for our residents.
“This morning there were seven vehicles and the worst offender who parked right after the traffic lights was getting into his car while I was walking my dog.
“I knocked on her window and asked her if she was aware of the problems she was causing by parking herself so dangerously, which gave me a blank stare, which was amazing because at 8:30 this morning there was had chaos all around and she was totally oblivious to it. ” Unbelievable.
“Unfortunately, I think it will take inevitability before anyone takes responsibility.”
The Sidings have been contacted for comment.