Introducing £1 to park after 4pm in Porthleven and Helston is not welcomed

The emotive subject of charging to park in a car park has raised it head again with the release consultation on parking charges for 2017 by Cornwall Council. Charging to park is not a popular subject, especially when charges change and go up. I will start with a positive as last year, car parking charges were frozen.

The proposal which is now out for public consultation is for the car park in Porthleven and the main Helston car parks is for the price of the one and two-hour to rise; with the three to four-hour charge dropping. However, in a shocking move, there is the introduction of a £1 after 4pm charge.

The full changes are contained within the following:

Current Proposed
Kittos Field, Porthleven £0.60

£1.40

£3.30

£4.40

£5.00

——

£1.00

1 Hour

2 Hours

3 Hours

4 Hours

24 Hours

Evening

Winter

£0.70

£1.60

£3.00

£4.00

£5.00

£1.00

£1.00

Trengrouse Way & Trengrouse Extension, Helston £0.60

£1.40

£3.30

——

1 Hour

2 Hours

3 Hours

Evening

£0.70

£1.50

£2.50

£1.00

Castle Green, Helston £2.20 24 Hours £2.20
Cattle Market, Helston £0.60

£1.40

£3.30

£4.40

£5.00

——

1 Hour

2 Hours

3 Hours

4 Hours

24 Hours

Evening

£0.70

£1.50

£2.50

£3.50

£5.00

£1.00

Tyacke Road, Helston £0.60

£1.40

£3.30

£4.40

£5.50

——

1 Hour

2 Hours

3 Hours

4 Hours

24 Hours

Evening

£0.70

£1.50

£2.50

£3.50

£5.50

£1.00

Whilst the over all increases in the hourly charges and the reduction in others seems at face value a little bit of give and take; which could be interpreted as encouraging people to stay longer in an area. However when you look deeper into the income, it is clear the income from the is one and two-hour charges is the main source of income. For example:

  • Kitto’s the one and two-hour charge equates to nearly 60% of the ticket sales, with the three-hour charge having 13.3% and both the four and five-hour charge totalling 3.1% of the sales.
  • Trengrouse is 95.6% of the ticket sales are from the one and two-hour charge;
  • Cattle market is 95.5%;
  • Tyack is 92.9%.

Therefore, I believe this is more about generating more income, but sold as something different.

Putting the hourly tariffs aside, my real concern and anger is the inclusion of a £1 charge after 4pm. This has been done without and warning or consultation with local members. There are no grounds for this except for getting more money. Introducing this charge will have negative results; more so than adding 10p to a tariff.

There are a few reasons why this is not good for either Porthleven or Helston. The first is residents who parked in the car parks out of hours because the on-street parking is non-existent or limited and therefore parking in the car park helps reduce congestion. In fact residents have been encouraged to park in car parks out of hours.  If this charge is introduced, then they will just park on the streets. A second is it will harm the local economy who gain from having free parking.

At the December meeting of Porthleven Town Council, Councillors raised various points of objection on the proposals. I made* various points like I have in this blog post. From these points, Councillors voted unanimously to object to the changes, especially the introduction of the £1 after 4pm charge.

I really do believe there needs to be a re-think on these proposals. I hope other Council’s will look at the proposals and take appropriate action. I understand parking charges are a form of income for the Council to provide services, but there is a balance of what is a reasonable charge to park, and what is a cash-cow.

The consultation closes on 16 December 2016

When you visit the website HERE, you will also be able to view the following consultation documents (or click on the links below):

I will, as will the Town Council, make a stong representation against these proposals.

*As a Town Councillor

8 comments

  • Mick Timpson

    You have my support, this is preposterous!

  • Martin

    Totally agree. Charging at night is shocking.

  • Deb Bramwell - Stargazey

    Andrew – this is terrible news for Porthleven. As a business owner I know that one of the major complaints we get all year around from visitors and locals alike is the lack of parking and the cost. In fact I have had some lovely feedback about the “Winter Rate” in the cental car park and how refreshing it is. Making parking even more expensive is very bad for everyone apart from the car park owner. As highlighted in todays news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38258461 this country’s councils are using parking fees as another version of tax and this planned increase is excessive when we can already see how much Councils are making from these fees.

    For Porthleven the evening charge will be incredibly damaging, as people can’t afford £7 per week to park their cars. It is bad enough they can’t park outside their homes, but at least offer them the sensible option of being able to park in a car park for free overnight.

    I have tried the link to the Councils consultation website, but I can’t find an obvious way to comment directly. Please fight on our behalf – for Businesses, locals and visitors.

    Thanks

  • Kirsty Murray-Lambrou

    The photo (kitto)above states £1 per visit. Not hourly rate. Having good and ample parking at a reasonable rate encourages visits to the village. We want to encourage people not put them off.

  • Andrew Wallis

    That’s because it is the winter rate I negotiated a few years ago.

  • Ian Buckingham

    I thought that 3×6 was 18, not 33 or 25. Seems like the longer you stay, incremently it is a disproportionate amount. Sounds, as usual like a cash cow as you said. Well done for objecting. After 4pm should be free, It makes sense, rather than ripping folk off constantly.

  • Norman Marrison

    I as a visitor will avoid these places. Businesses will suffer.

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