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Parking review under way in Helston
8:40am Monday 8th October 2012 in Cornwall
The future of parking in Helston is under review in a bid to encourage more people to shop in the town.
Over the next two weeks shoppers, residents, workers and visitors are being urged to fill in a questionnaire that is asking for views on all aspects of the town's car parking.
This has been put together by Helston Business Improvement Partnership (HBIP), which is carrying out a review.
Company secretary Rachel Jones said: “Parking is a serious issue for the high street and can affect footfall to towns. Therefore, the HBIP has set up a working group whose sole aim is to investigate this issue.
“To begin with we want to find out what people think of the parking provisions in the town centre and have produced a questionnaire to allow us to gather this information.”
She added the group wanted feedback from everyone who used the town.
Questions include how often the person visits the town centre, how far away they live and where they usually park.
Opinions are asked over whether the 30-minute free parking in Meneage Street and Coinagehall Street should be extended - and if so to 45 minutes or an hour - how much they would pay for an hour's parking up to a day and whether they would use the car parks more if parking was free before 10am and after 3pm (instead of before 9am and after 4pm).
There is also a space to leave extra comments, for example disabled parking, on-street parking, motorcycle parking and permit parking, with the HBIP acknowledging not all aspects could be covered as part of the limited number of questions.
The information received will then be used to submit a report from Cornwall Council. It will also be published and shared with the public in October.
Questionnaires can be picked up from some shops in Helston and can also be downloaded from Facebook - the public should search “Helston Cornwall (Official)” and business owners “Helston Traders”.
Completed forms should be returned to Costa Coffee on Meneage Street or the Cofee Bean on Coinagehall Street by Sunday, October 14.
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