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Town parking review

Identifying the problems

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

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During early 2016 we undertook a town parking review in those towns and asked people for their opinions on parking issues they experience. Nearly 7000 residents, businesses and visitors gave us their views.

The results of the initial surveys are available below:

Based on what people told us in early 2016, we developed a series of initial proposals for parking solutions in each of the towns including new Residents' Parking Zones and new on-street Pay and Display parking.

Residents', businesses, commuters and visitors were able to let us know what they thought about our proposals at a series of public exhibitions held in autumn 2016 and by completing our survey questionnaires.

We received over 7,600 responses to our Residents' Parking Zone and on-street Pay and Display parking surveys.

After we had analysed all the responses, we produced reports and held a series of meetings with local representatives in each of the towns in the Town Parking Review, to explain and discuss the results.

As a result of the survey feedback we did not progress with on-street Pay and Display parking in any of the towns.

You can view the briefing notes, maps and analysis reports for each town using the links below.





 Penzance and Newlyn

 St Ives



As a result of what people told us, during 2018 Cormac carried out statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultations on proposed new residents' parking schemes in Penryn, St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge; and changes to waiting restrictions (yellow lines) in Bude, Falmouth, Newquay and Penzance.

Following consultation we decided not to implement new residents' parking schemes in Penryn or Wadebridge.

In Truro we decided to introduce six new zones to complement those already in place and in St Ives two new zones were introduced.  These became operational in April 2019.

The detailed reports are available on the links below:


As part of the review we looked at our out of date parking policies and updated them, consulted on them and produced a new Parking policy statement.

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 mis-use of the scheme and new prices to ensure the permit prices cover the cost of running the scheme.