CORNWALL Council-run car parks could increase their charges and prohibit overnight camping in motorhomes under a range of proposals being considered.
The Council has published a statutory notice inviting comments on proposals to:
- Increase car park charges by 3.1 per cent in line with the rate of inflation
- Change Reserved Permits to reflect feedback, with prices to be tiered according to the number of vehicles a permit may be used in
- Respond to local concerns and ban overnight camper vans in more Cornwall Council car parks
- Amend the terms and conditions for drivers with Blue Badges
Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “The proposal to increase charges will see some rates rise by 10p or 20p but with many staying the same.
“Income from car parking will enable us to continue making the best use of our resources and target funding to help maintain Cornwall’s 7,300km road network. Cornwall’s roads are some of the best in the country with the council rated as amongst the top 25 per cent in the country for keeping our main roads in good repair. Without the income from car parking charges, the council would need to increase council tax to generate the same amount of funding.
“Whilst we receive about £9.7 million net income from parking each year, Cornwall Council is spending £45 million on maintaining the condition and safety of Cornwall’s roads and 2,700 bridges and retaining walls, as well as the car parks themselves.”
Free evening parking in most Cornwall Council car parks will continue and has helped support local evening economies.
Full details of the proposals can be found on the Council’s website and comments can be submitted up to February 1 2019.