Town parking review

Proposals for parking solutions

We all know that traffic and parking have become an increasing issue in Cornwall over recent years, to a point that, in some towns in particular, it’s now a real problem.

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We identified seven areas in Cornwall as having the biggest parking problems: Bude, Falmouth and Penryn, Newquay, Penzance, St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge.

During 2016 we undertook a town parking review in those towns and asked people for their opinions on parking issues they experience - either as a resident, business owner/manager or worker/visitor/shopper.

Based on what people told us, we developed a series of proposals for parking solutions in each of the towns including new Residents' Parking Zones and new on-street Pay and Display parking. 

We consulted on our proposals asking people for their views and received over 6,000 responses for the Resident's Parking Zones survey and over 1,600 responses for the on-street Pay and Display parking survey. We summarised those results and talked to local representatives to agree the way forward.

Town Parking Review work programme

We have now agreed an outline programme of work with CORMAC including proposals for new residents parking schemes in Penryn, St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge and changes to existing parking restrictions e.g. yellow lines in Bude, Falmouth, Newquay and Penzance.  As a result of the survey feedback we are not progressing with on-street Pay and Display parking in any of the towns.

Before any of the schemes are put in, further statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultations have to be carried out.

Notices will be placed on lamp posts and telegraph poles in the areas as part of the statutory TRO consultation and details of the plans and how to comment on them is available online at

You can read about the programme of works for each of the towns, including the TRO consultations, as at January 2018, below:

Town Parking Review programme of works:


  • TRO consultation October/November 2017
  • Works planned for April/May 2018


  • TRO consultation February 2018
  • Works planned for July 2018


  • TRO consultation August 2017
  • Works planned Feb/March 2018


  • TRO consultation Feb/Mar 2018
  • Works planned for July 2018
  • Residents' parking scheme operational Aug/Sept 2018


  • TRO consultation September 2017
  • Works planned for Mar/April 2018

St Ives

  • TRO consultation April/May 2018
  • Works planned for October 2018
  • Residents parking scheme operational Dec 2018/Jan 2019


  • TRO consultation April/May 2018
  • Works planned for October 2018
  • Residents parking scheme operational Nov/Dec 2018


  • TRO consultation April/May 2018
  • Works planned for October 2018
  • Residents parking scheme operational Dec 2018/Jan 2019

Existing schemes in Truro, Launceston, Kingsand, Cawsand and Portwrinkle

  • TRO consultation April/May 2018 to harmonise these schemes with new Residents' parking guidelines (see below)

Traffic Management Parking Policy Statement

As part of the review we looked at our out of date parking policies and updated them, consulted on them and produced a new Parking policy statement.

New Residents' parking guidelines

From 2018 all new residents' parking schemes will follow a new set of guidelines.  This is because when we reviewed the existing schemes and talked to people, we identified some things that needed changing including better provision for care workers, making sure permits are linked to specific vehicles to stop abuse of the scheme and new prices to ensure the permit prices cover the cost of running the scheme.

To find out more about the residents' parking schemes and how they work, see our frequently asked questions section.

At the same time as consulting on the new schemes in Truro, we will consult on harmonising the existing residents' parking schemes across Cornwall to align with these new guidelines.