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New ‘bulk buy’ parking gives users option to park at cheaper rate

10 May 2018

Car park users who bulk buy tickets will pay a maximum of only a few pounds for all day parking following the introduction of a new Cornwall Council offer to reduce parking rates for residents.

Drivers can now bulk buy ‘all day’ parking sessions through the JustPark App (subject to a minimum purchase of £47).

The new offer will bring down the cost of all day parking in all long stay Cornwall Council pay and display car parks. The daily rate is based on the cost of annual season tickets for either a specific car park or number of car parks within an area. For example in Truro, bulk buying sessions reduces the cost of all day parking from £8 to £2.19, while in Penzance, the cost is less than £1.

While season tickets for a set time period (one month, three months, six months and yearly) are available for drivers to buy on the Council's website, sessions bought in bulk through JustPark can be used at any point during a two year period.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Transport Geoff Brown said the option provided car park users flexibility in the way they pay to park.

"With this option, you 'load' money on to your parking account through the JustPark App and pay for the cheaper all day parking sessions when you use them. It’s like pre-paid for your phone but providing a discount too," he said. "This gives residents more choice. Even if you only use a car park once a week, this soon pays for itself and is a big improvement on what we have offered before. It’s particularly aimed at residents so they can park at a reduced rate even if they only use the car park once a week."

As part of the changes to tariffs which came into effect on 1 April, we have also introduced free parking in the majority of Council car parks in the evenings. People who responded to last year's town parking review highlighted concerns about the lack of on-street parking at night and businesses and Cornwall councillors have also told us that abolishing evening parking charges will help support local economies.

Visit the JustPark website to purchase ‘bulk buy’ parking sessions

Find out more about using JustPark and how to download the app 



Truro [master] Thinking Project - Business engagement event Wednesday 11th April

Key stakeholders in Truro have combined forces to listen to the views of city centre businesses as part of an exciting initiative called the Truro [master] Thinking Project. Truro businesses are invited to attend on 11th April 2018 to express your views and contribute ideas to the project.

Session One: 9am - 11am 
Session Two: 2pm - 4pm

A project space has been set up at 22 Lemon St by the appointed design team to develop ideas for city centre regeneration and improvements, to help identify the positive attributes of Truro as well as the top 10 aspects of the city that businesses would like to see improved in the years ahead.

We do hope you are able to attend on 11th April 2018 

Themes and ideas already include:-
• Promoting the evening economy
• Improving connections to the waterways of Truro from the city centre
• A cultural programme for Truro
• Improving the opportunities for increasing the number of day visitors arriving by coach and rail
• Truro as a tourism base from which to explore Cornwall
• Living in the City
• Creating more leisure opportunities within the city centre to increase dwell time
• Improved public realm and accessibility to create an inclusive city centre

If you can't come, however would like to contribute, then please email

Truro Town Crier Lionel Knight, generously donates £10,000 of his own money towards the City’s Christmas light scheme

Truro Business Improvement District (BID) each year installs and maintains Truro’s city centre festive lighting scheme, which is funded by the levy contribution from over 400 businesses within the BID area. Each year, elements of the scheme are refreshed and renewed, however following the BID’s successful renewal in October 2017, the budget has decreased by 20% annually because the contributions correlate to premises business rates – many of which saw a reduction in the updated financial budget of April 2017.

Truro born and bred Lionel Knight and the Town Crier for Truro, decided he wanted to ‘give something back’ to the city that he loves, and so, has made an independent voluntary contribution of £10,000 in order to refresh the lighting scheme in Boscawen Street – which will now be named ‘Lionel’s Lights’ in his honour.

Lionel commented, “I am very proud of my city, and I wanted to do something meaningful to help it grow and prosper.”

He continues, “Being the Town Crier for Truro, I walk the streets and talk to the public every week, I volunteer my time to welcome people to this great little city. I talk to a lot of locals about Truro and how it can be improved and thrive for our community, particularly at Christmas. I want to see that continue by helping to refresh the lights and continue to see a bright and fresh feel going forward.”

Lionel is a well-known face around the city, often welcoming visitors at the coach park each Thursday, officially opening new stores and more recently leading the St Piran’s Day parade and in January was out in the rain, sleet and wind leading the City of Lights Parade around the cobbles of Truro.

Alun Jones, Truro BID Manager said, “We are absolutely overwhelmed by Lionel’s incredibly generous personal donation to Truro’s Christmas lights, his generosity will see the introduction of some new lighting motifs installed this Christmas which the community and visitors alike will be able to admire and enjoy for many years.”

Alun continues, “In our opinion Lionel is one of Truro’s gems. He volunteers his time to the city for sheer pleasure and pride in the town, he is a huge asset and a great ambassador and we thank him for his generosity.”

Lionel will be turning on the city’s Christmas lights, including ‘Lionel’s Lights’ on November 21st 2018.