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Town parking review

Identifying the problems

We identified seven areas in Cornwall as having the biggest parking problems: 

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  • Bude
  • Falmouth and Penryn
  • Newquay
  • Penzance
  • St Ives
  • Truro
  • Wadebridge

During early 2016 we undertook a town parking review in those towns. We 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 initial proposals for parking solutions in each of the towns. This included new Residents' Parking Zones and new on-street Pay and Display parking.

We held a series of public exhibitions held in autumn 2016 alongside two surveys. We sought views from:

  • Residents
  • Businesses
  • Commuters
  • Visitors

We received over 7,600 responses to surveys.

After we had analysed all the responses we held meetings with local representatives in each of the towns, 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. We asked residents about new residents' parking schemes:

  • Penryn
  • St Ives
  • Truro
  • Wadebridge

We consulted about changes to waiting restrictions (yellow lines) in:

  • Bude
  • Falmouth
  • Newquay
  • Penzance

After consultation we decided not to introduce new residents' parking schemes in Penryn or Wadebridge.

In Truro we decided to introduce six new resident parking zones to complement those already in place. 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As part of the review we looked at our out of date parking policies. We updated them, consulted on them and produced a new Parking policy statement.

In 2018 a new set of guidelines were introduced for residents' parking schemes.  When we reviewed the existing schemes and talked to people, we identified some things that needed changing. This included:

  • better provision for care workers
  • making sure permits are linked to specific vehicles to stop mis-use of the scheme
  • new prices to ensure the permit prices cover the cost of running the scheme