Fore Street – Porthleven
Anyone who knows Porthleven will know of some of the problems Fore Street has. This is mostly down to parking on the road and the amount of traffic that travels along this road.
There has been various changes to parking over the years. For everyone who likes a plan, there are equal numbers who don’t. Over the years there has been no parking, seasonal parking, full parking and now, bays with 30 min parking. Its not an easy task to get this right, and I think impossible to please everyone.
One of the main problems and complaints is people parking on the double yellow lines outside the Post Office and Chinese. They still park there even when there are many spaces free in the bays. It seems, that walking across the road is just a little to far for some. Parking here causes problems. Why, because it causes problems for drivers having to go on the opposite side of the road. This would not be much of a problem if this was a straight road, but its not, its on a almost blind bend. If better enforcement of the parking restrictions could happen, then I believe most of the issues would disappear. Even though I have asked Cornwall Council for more Enforcement Officers to visit, they cannot be here all the time.
Porthleven TC will now try and sort this problem. One idea is to place metal railing on the pavement. This would not stop cars parking on the road, but should deter people because they just can’t get out of the car and walk into the shop. It will also look at placing bollards on the pavement, but these might not have the same effect as the railing.
The Council before any decision is made will hold meetings with all the Businesses on Fore Street, and then hold a public meeting to hear what the people think. They will then take those findings and suggestions and solve (or at least try) this issue. If anyone can think of a solution to this, then let me know, or come along to the public meeting. If a plan does come out of the consultation then It’s not going to wait for Cornwall Council to pay for it, but its going to use the money in the Town Council’s reserves to solve it.