Free parking in Cornwall for festive season

From Cornwall Council: (seems Bude’s day is 22nd Dec which seems far too late to my mind).

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to shop locally this festive season as Cornwall Council offers free parking on selected days in car parks across Cornwall.

People will be able to park for free locally on one day selected by their city, town or parish council to support trading in town centres.

Council Leader Adam Paynter said: “We’re proud to support our local economies by offering free parking in the busy build-up to Christmas. Not only does this mean people can take their time shopping, it also means people can spend more time in cafes and restaurants. You don’t get that experience shopping online.”

Council’s Cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “This is all about getting people to shop locally and support local businesses during the festive period. We have some fantastic shops, cafes and restaurants across Cornwall and we want to encourage people to take the time to enjoy them.”

Ann Vandermeulen, Development Manager for FSB Cornwall said; “This is a great initiative by Cornwall Council and it will be welcomed by both the business community and shoppers alike. Footfall is vital and free parking will certainly play a part in the public’s decision of where to shop. Getting people out from behind their electronic screens and getting together to enjoy some seasonal goodwill in their local town has also got to help with wellbeing and loneliness too. By being tempted to be part of their community and shop locally people can rediscover the human spirit, customer service and originality offered by our independent traders and perhaps even be encouraged to support them all year round. Remember a small business is for life, not just for Christmas!”

Cornwall Council contacted city, town and parish councils to offer the initiative which will result in almost 90 Cornwall Council run car parks, which usually charge for parking, being free for one day.

Many town and parish councils have selected Saturday 1 December as their free parking day to coincide with Small Business Saturday – a national initiative that has been running for the past six years.

Other towns have chosen their date to encourage people to come along to festive events they already had planned.

Shoppers coming to Truro on Saturday 1 December can use the two park and ride sites for free as well as nine Cornwall Council run car parks around the city.

All Cornwall Council car parks are clearly branded and the Council will be displaying posters about the parking offer at charging points on the day when parking is free.

Town, date of free parking and car park

Town/ Parish Date of free parking Car parks
Bodmin 30 November 2018 Berrycombe Road, Dennison Road, Fore St – Long & Short Stay, Victoria Square
Boscastle 01 January 2019 Cobweb
Bude 22 December 2018 Crooklets, Post Office, Summerleaze, The Crescent, The Wharf
Callington 01 December 2018 New Road North, New Road South
Camborne 01 December 2018 (in addition the Town Council/BID is providing free parking on 08,15 & 22 December 2018) Rosewarne, Rosewarne Extension
Cawsand 01 January 2019 Cawsand
Fowey 01 December 2018 Caffa Mill, Main, Albert Quay
Falmouth 08 December 2018 Church Street, Grove Place, The Dell, The Moor, Town Quarry, Well Lane
Hayle 01 December (in addition the Town Council is providing free parking on 08,15 & 22 December 2018) Commercial Road, Foundry Square
Helston 15 December 2018 Castle Green, Cattlemarket, Trengrouse Way, Trengrouse Way Extension, Tyacke Road
Launceston 21 December 2018 Castle Street, Cattle Market Long Stay, Cattle Market Short Stay, Pannier Market, Walk House
Liskeard 01 December (in addition the Town Council is providing free parking on 08,15 & 22 December 2018) Cattlemarket, Lower Sungirt, Rapsons, Upper Sungirt, Westbourne
Looe 08 December2018 Riverbank, Millpool, Kilminorth Woods
Ludgvan 26 December 2018 Long Rock, Marazion Station
Mevagissey 01 December 2018 Church Street, River Street
Newquay 01 December 2018 Fore Street, Mount Wise, St Georges Road, The Manor
Padstow 08 December 2018 Link Road
Penryn 01 December 2018 Commercial Road, Exchequer Quay, Saracen
Penzance 01 December 2018 Causeway Head, Clarence Street, Greenmarket, Harbour, Long Rock, Penalverne, St Anthonys, St Erbyns, Wherrytown
Polzeath 08 and 26 December 2018 Polzeath Beach
Port Isaac 01 December 2018 New Road
Redruth 15 December 2018 Flowerpot Chapel, New Cut, New Cut Extension, West End
Saltash 22 December 2018 Alexandra Square, Bellevue West, Bellevue East, Culver Road
St. Ives 01 December 2018 Porthmeor, Sloop, Barnoon Long Stay, Park Avenue, Smeatons Pier, Trenwith, Station, Island
Tintagel 01 December 2018 Tintagel Visitors Centre
Torpoint 22 December 2018 Anthony Road, Tamar Street
Truro 01 December 2018 Edward Street, Garras Wharf, Moorfield, Moresk, Old Bridge Street, Pydar Street, Viaduct, Carrick House, Fairmantle Street
Wadebridge 15 December 2018 Goldsworthy Way, Piggy Lane
Widemouth 26 December 2018 Widemouth Bay
Porthleven Held a free parking day on 17 November 2018  
St Austell Held a free parking day on 17 November 2018 St Austell Town Council is offering free parking after 4pm in the Priory Car Park on 27 November, 04, 11, & 18 December 2018


On-street parking is excluded from the scheme.

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