Penzance Parking: What should happen now?

Following Cornwall Council’s town parking review last year work has started to help improve parking in Penzance, reflecting feedback from local residents.

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A number of new waiting restriction proposals (yellow lines) have been developed for Penzance and Newlyn to “help the free flow of traffic and improve road safety”.

A consultation on the new statutory Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO’s) will begin on Thursday 7 September and will be open for 3 weeks. Residents can comment on the proposals via the Cornwall Council roads and traffic consultation website:

Penzance is one of the first towns to begin implementing the changes which were suggested by residents in the town parking review which took place last year. The residents’ suggestions have shaped the Council’s proposal for each area, and different schemes have been proposed to best meet the needs of each town.

However this review should not be confused with another parking review for Penzance to do with car parking – also unhelpfully called ‘The Parking Review’ – Cllr Tim Dwelly told us this afternoon.

“This is the Yellow Lines review not the car parks and permit car parking review. There’s nothing in this that should be too controversial, for example we’ve been calling for Yellow Lines on Briton’s Hill for years but there are bigger issues at stake”

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Cllr Tim Dwelly

Cllr Tim Dwelly who  represents Penzance East at County Hall for Labour has recently led campaigns for better parking in PZ including for overnight free parking. “As promised during the May elections, I have been working to create free parking 5pm to 9am in Penzance. The good news is that Cornwall Council is responding well. I now expect this to be proposed to Cabinet in November”

“These parking reviews should be a priority Cornwall wide. I hope it doesn’t get caught up in the sluggishness of council business. Let’s hope what should be a Smart Car doesn’t turn into a traction engine”

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Mayor of  PZ Dick Cliffe

Dick Cliffe, Mayor of Penzance and Member of the West Penwith Community Network Panel, said: “I am pleased that Penzance will be one of the first towns to implement a package of changes proposed by residents during last year’s parking review.  The proposed new yellow lines deal with some well-known problems in the Parish but it is important residents, businesses and other road users check the proposals because it is all too easy to inadvertently create new problems when attempting to solve old ones.”


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The new parking restrictions will be enforced by Cornwall Council’s Civil Parking Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) who also manage Cornwall Council owned car parks. Residents can also report illegal parking on yellow lines to the Cornwall Council Parking Operations Team by telephoning 0300 1234 222 or emailing

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More information about the parking schemes and programme of work is available on the Council’s website:

The parking plans and information about how people can comment on them are available on the Council’s roads and traffic consultation

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