A Cornwall city councilor stressed the need for a ‘transport plan’ to address parking issues in Penryn and across Cornwall.
Tamsyn Widdon, Cornwall Councilor for Penryn and a member of Penryn City Council, said more needs to be done to tackle the parking issues currently plaguing Penryn and other parts of Cornwall.
With navigating shady parking lots becoming a daily challenge in the lives of residents, many are turning to social media to share their frustrations.
Cllr Widdon said: “The immediate problem with parking on Kernick Road, the only people who can enforce anything are the police, and the police are in a huge flood because there are parking problems all over Cornwall and it there just aren’t enough officers to deal with all the parking situations that exist. ”
In addition to a lack of enforcement, Cllr Widdon also criticized overzealous traffic rules for contributing to the parking problem in Penryn.
“There are double yellow lines where there shouldn’t be in Penryn.
“The result of overly excessive traffic control orders is that we have double yellow lines where it just annoys residents, there aren’t necessarily any safety concerns.
“It pushes people to park where they shouldn’t.
“On top of that, we have a lot more visitors this year due to the circumstances and the lack of accommodation, so places that weren’t so crowded before, like the Sidings on Station Road, are packed. And people come with their cars because we still don’t have a proper public transport system in Cornwall.
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“So you put those two things together, and we continue to restrict parking in Penryn while granting building permission to places that don’t have parking, which are then used for holiday accommodation.
“Nothing has happened in the last 12 years to offer new parking spaces, all that has happened is that the parking lot has been removed.
“What I’m trying to do in the longer term is to convince all the people connected to the roads, all the stakeholders, to come together to write a Penryn transport plan, because we really need to have a overview of where we can create new parking spaces and remove cars from the road.
“We also need to look at how we can slow down traffic, which may involve having more parking on the street and a different way of looking at how we organize that, and not just slapping one-way systems without parking in them. streets, because that in fact speeds things up and causes more accidents. ”
“The proof is that a well-organized parking lot slows down traffic, whereas just putting double or single yellow lines where they aren’t really needed has helped create the problems we have.
“We urgently need a plan.”
Residents are advised that when a vehicle is parked dangerously / on a sidewalk, to call 101 and report it immediately.
You can also report online on the Police 101 online reporting page: www.police.uk/101/
Take pictures if possible as the police are unlikely to be able to intervene immediately due to lack of time.
When vehicles are parked in restricted parking areas, such as yellow lines or resident parking for example, Cornwall Council may issue tickets.
Call 0300 1234 222 or use the online reporting system on the Cornwall Council website