Healthy Streets Penzance

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The aim of the Healthy Streets PZ scheme is to reduce traffic and pollution levels in the town centre and create a better environment for all, allowing space for people to move around safely and comfortably. The scheme is also part of the wider ambition to promote sustainable transport and tackle climate change, and make Penzance a thriving place for the future.

Healthy Streets PZ scheme partners are using this site to give you opportunities to share your views about the scheme and to keep you informed about progress.


Traffic restrictions in Penzance’s town centre to be made permanent following 18 months trial


Following a detailed assessment of the impact of the 18 months Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) in Market Jew Street, and analysis of feedback from all parts of the local community, members of the Healthy Streets PZ partnership have agreed that the scheme should be made permanent.

Introduced in September 2020 to help reduce traffic and pollution levels in the town centre and create a better environment for all, the Healthy Streets PZ scheme also supports the aims set out in the Climate Emergency declarations made by Penzance Council and Cornwall Council and the Local Transport Plan to promote sustainable transport and cut carbon emissions.

99% of people responding to a survey carried out in 2021 said that having safe roads was important to them, with 72% wanting access to good cycle routes and facilities, and 92% wanting good bus services. 84% wanted to see lower levels of traffic and congestion, and lower levels of traffic pollution. These findings reflect the views expressed by local residents during the Penzance Expo and Neighbourhood Plan consultation in 2018.

Prior to the introduction of the scheme, up to 250 vehicles per hour were entering Market Jew Street between 11 am and 4 pm. In October 2020 this had dropped to 90 to 100 vehicles per hour. The latest traffic monitoring figures for January 2022 show 30 to 40 vehicles per hour entering the town centre during the restricted period – an 80% reduction which marks a significant change in motorised traffic frequency, with deliveries being mainly made outside the hours of 11 am to 4pm.

The traffic monitoring also shows a sharp rise in the number of pedestrians using Market Jew Street between 11 am and 4pm.

This means an average of just 35 vehicles an hour are now entering Market Jew Street during the restricted period compared with over 270 pedestrians an hour during weekdays, making it safer and much more pleasant for pedestrians, including parents with young children and cyclists, to move around the town centre.

A Traffic Regulation Order confirming that the current restrictions in Market Jew Street will remain in place following the end of the trial will be published on 24 February, with the scheme officially becoming permanent on 2 March.

As a result of the order the low traffic zone will continue to operate in Market Jew Street between 11am and 4pm.

Buses will continue to access Market Jew Street 24 hours a day. Nine bus services per hour currently bring passengers from nearby towns and surrounding areas into the centre of the town, servicing the bus station and Market Jew Street before leaving Penzance by different routes.

There has been a significant investment in bus services across Cornwall. New low emission buses with low floor access have been introduced across the network, making it easier for parents with pushchairs and people with disabilities to get on and off the vehicles. A new bus stop has been installed in Market Jew Street, providing a safe, dry space for passengers to wait. Further downhill bus stop improvements in Market Jew Street are also being explored as part of the developing Town Deal streetscape scheme.

Taxis will continue to access the town centre 24 hours a day, stopping in the street to drop off and pick up passengers as required.

All traffic, including delivery drivers, will still be able to drive through the street between 4pm and 11 am.

Work will also continue on implementing plans to remove the town centre sign which currently points traffic along Chyandour, with new signs being erected to encourage visitors to use the bypass to enter Penzance.

Following feedback from disabled user groups and individuals, the Healthy Streets partnership have provided a number of additional measures to improve accessibility in the town since the introduction of the scheme

Plans are also being developed in partnership with the Town Deal Board to deliver further improvements. These include trebling the number of parking spaces for blue badge holders in and around Market Jew Street, and improving routes into the town centre to ensure they are fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Specific improvements include:

  • Providing three new disabled parking spaces in the Clarence Street car park last year and developing plans to increase the overall number of ‘blue badge’ parking spaces in and around the town centre from 7 to 21. Consultation on the additional blue badge parking spaces is due to take place in March.
  • Installing the new covered bus shelter in Market Jew Street
  • Arranging priority appointments in local shops for people with disabilities
  • Removing potential hazards in the town centre for people with sight impairment
  • Penzance Council finalising plans for delivering the shop mobility scheme. It is hoped this will be launched after Easter.
  • Developing plans to provide flat access from the Clarence Road car park into the town centre and installing dropped kerbs, tactile paving and other measures to create more accessible routes into the town centre. This will be subject to Town Deal funding.

There will also be a large number of new seats provided on Market Jew Street. This will make the street more accessible for those who are less mobile and improve the experience for people visiting the town centre.

Further discussions will also be held with disability groups and other interested parties to identify any other measures to improve access to the town centre.

The restrictions have continued to be enforced through the use of Cornwall Council’s civil parking enforcement team – with penalty charge notices issued to people found to be breaching the restrictions. An average of up 60 tickets have been issued per month, with 170 tickets issued to drivers during the period between October and December 2021.

Further discussions on enforcement will take place in the coming months

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The aim of the Healthy Streets PZ scheme is to reduce traffic and pollution levels in the town centre and create a better environment for all, allowing space for people to move around safely and comfortably. The scheme is also part of the wider ambition to promote sustainable transport and tackle climate change, and make Penzance a thriving place for the future.

Healthy Streets PZ scheme partners are using this site to give you opportunities to share your views about the scheme and to keep you informed about progress.


Traffic restrictions in Penzance’s town centre to be made permanent following 18 months trial


Following a detailed assessment of the impact of the 18 months Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) in Market Jew Street, and analysis of feedback from all parts of the local community, members of the Healthy Streets PZ partnership have agreed that the scheme should be made permanent.

Introduced in September 2020 to help reduce traffic and pollution levels in the town centre and create a better environment for all, the Healthy Streets PZ scheme also supports the aims set out in the Climate Emergency declarations made by Penzance Council and Cornwall Council and the Local Transport Plan to promote sustainable transport and cut carbon emissions.

99% of people responding to a survey carried out in 2021 said that having safe roads was important to them, with 72% wanting access to good cycle routes and facilities, and 92% wanting good bus services. 84% wanted to see lower levels of traffic and congestion, and lower levels of traffic pollution. These findings reflect the views expressed by local residents during the Penzance Expo and Neighbourhood Plan consultation in 2018.

Prior to the introduction of the scheme, up to 250 vehicles per hour were entering Market Jew Street between 11 am and 4 pm. In October 2020 this had dropped to 90 to 100 vehicles per hour. The latest traffic monitoring figures for January 2022 show 30 to 40 vehicles per hour entering the town centre during the restricted period – an 80% reduction which marks a significant change in motorised traffic frequency, with deliveries being mainly made outside the hours of 11 am to 4pm.

The traffic monitoring also shows a sharp rise in the number of pedestrians using Market Jew Street between 11 am and 4pm.

This means an average of just 35 vehicles an hour are now entering Market Jew Street during the restricted period compared with over 270 pedestrians an hour during weekdays, making it safer and much more pleasant for pedestrians, including parents with young children and cyclists, to move around the town centre.

A Traffic Regulation Order confirming that the current restrictions in Market Jew Street will remain in place following the end of the trial will be published on 24 February, with the scheme officially becoming permanent on 2 March.

As a result of the order the low traffic zone will continue to operate in Market Jew Street between 11am and 4pm.

Buses will continue to access Market Jew Street 24 hours a day. Nine bus services per hour currently bring passengers from nearby towns and surrounding areas into the centre of the town, servicing the bus station and Market Jew Street before leaving Penzance by different routes.

There has been a significant investment in bus services across Cornwall. New low emission buses with low floor access have been introduced across the network, making it easier for parents with pushchairs and people with disabilities to get on and off the vehicles. A new bus stop has been installed in Market Jew Street, providing a safe, dry space for passengers to wait. Further downhill bus stop improvements in Market Jew Street are also being explored as part of the developing Town Deal streetscape scheme.

Taxis will continue to access the town centre 24 hours a day, stopping in the street to drop off and pick up passengers as required.

All traffic, including delivery drivers, will still be able to drive through the street between 4pm and 11 am.

Work will also continue on implementing plans to remove the town centre sign which currently points traffic along Chyandour, with new signs being erected to encourage visitors to use the bypass to enter Penzance.

Following feedback from disabled user groups and individuals, the Healthy Streets partnership have provided a number of additional measures to improve accessibility in the town since the introduction of the scheme

Plans are also being developed in partnership with the Town Deal Board to deliver further improvements. These include trebling the number of parking spaces for blue badge holders in and around Market Jew Street, and improving routes into the town centre to ensure they are fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Specific improvements include:

  • Providing three new disabled parking spaces in the Clarence Street car park last year and developing plans to increase the overall number of ‘blue badge’ parking spaces in and around the town centre from 7 to 21. Consultation on the additional blue badge parking spaces is due to take place in March.
  • Installing the new covered bus shelter in Market Jew Street
  • Arranging priority appointments in local shops for people with disabilities
  • Removing potential hazards in the town centre for people with sight impairment
  • Penzance Council finalising plans for delivering the shop mobility scheme. It is hoped this will be launched after Easter.
  • Developing plans to provide flat access from the Clarence Road car park into the town centre and installing dropped kerbs, tactile paving and other measures to create more accessible routes into the town centre. This will be subject to Town Deal funding.

There will also be a large number of new seats provided on Market Jew Street. This will make the street more accessible for those who are less mobile and improve the experience for people visiting the town centre.

Further discussions will also be held with disability groups and other interested parties to identify any other measures to improve access to the town centre.

The restrictions have continued to be enforced through the use of Cornwall Council’s civil parking enforcement team – with penalty charge notices issued to people found to be breaching the restrictions. An average of up 60 tickets have been issued per month, with 170 tickets issued to drivers during the period between October and December 2021.

Further discussions on enforcement will take place in the coming months

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  • Traffic restrictions in Penzance’s town centre to be made permanent following 18 months trial

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    Following a detailed assessment of the impact of the 18 months Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) in Market Jew Street, and analysis of feedback from all parts of the local community, members of the Healthy Streets PZ partnership have agreed that the scheme should be made permanent.

    Introduced in September 2020 to help reduce traffic and pollution levels in the town centre and create a better environment for all, the Healthy Streets PZ scheme also supports the aims set out in the Climate Emergency declarations made by Penzance Council and Cornwall Council and the Local Transport Plan to promote sustainable transport and cut carbon emissions.

    99% of people responding to a survey carried out in 2021 said that having safe roads was important to them, with 72% wanting access to good cycle routes and facilities, and 92% wanting good bus services. 84% wanted to see lower levels of traffic and congestion, and lower levels of traffic pollution. These findings reflect the views expressed by local residents during the Penzance Expo and Neighbourhood Plan consultation in 2018.

    Prior to the introduction of the scheme, up to 250 vehicles per hour were entering Market Jew Street between 11 am and 4 pm. In October 2020 this had dropped to 90 to 100 vehicles per hour. The latest traffic monitoring figures for January 2022 show 30 to 40 vehicles per hour entering the town centre during the restricted period – an 80% reduction which marks a significant change in motorised traffic frequency, with deliveries being mainly made outside the hours of 11 am to 4pm.

    The traffic monitoring also shows a sharp rise in the number of pedestrians using Market Jew Street between 11 am and 4pm.

    This means an average of just 35 vehicles an hour are now entering Market Jew Street during the restricted period compared with over 270 pedestrians an hour during weekdays, making it safer and much more pleasant for pedestrians, including parents with young children and cyclists, to move around the town centre.

    A Traffic Regulation Order confirming that the current restrictions in Market Jew Street will remain in place following the end of the trial will be published on 24 February, with the scheme officially becoming permanent on 2 March.

    As a result the low traffic zone will continue to operate in Market Jew Street between 11am and 4pm.

    Buses will continue to access Market Jew Street 24 hours a day. Nine bus services per hour currently bring passengers from nearby towns and surrounding areas into the centre of the town, servicing the bus station and Market Jew Street before leaving Penzance by different routes.

    There has been a significant investment in bus services across Cornwall. New low emission buses with low floor access have been introduced across the network, making it easier for parents with pushchairs and people with disabilities to get on and off the vehicles. A new bus stop has been installed in Market Jew Street, providing a safe, dry space for passengers to wait. Further downhill bus stop improvements in Market Jew Street are also being explored as part of the developing Town Deal streetscape scheme.

    Taxis will continue to access the town centre 24 hours a day, stopping in the street to drop off and pick up passengers as required.

    All traffic, including delivery drivers, will still be able to drive through the street between 4pm and 11 am.

    Work will also continue on implementing plans to remove the town centre sign which currently points traffic along Chyandour, with new signs being erected to encourage visitors to use the bypass to enter Penzance.

    Following feedback from disabled user groups and individuals, the Healthy Streets partnership have provided a number of additional measures to improve accessibility in the town since the introduction of the scheme

    Plans are also being developed in partnership with the Town Deal Board to deliver further improvements. These include trebling the number of parking spaces for blue badge holders in and around Market Jew Street, and improving routes into the town centre to ensure they are fully accessible to people with disabilities.

    Specific improvements include:

    • Providing three new disabled parking spaces in the Clarence Street car park last year and developing plans to increase the overall number of ‘blue badge’ parking spaces in and around the town centre from 7 to 21. Consultation on the additional blue badge parking spaces is due to take place in March.
    • Installing the new covered bus shelter in Market Jew Street
    • Arranging priority appointments in local shops for people with disabilities
    • Removing potential hazards in the town centre for people with sight impairment
    • Penzance Council finalising plans for delivering the shop mobility scheme. It is hoped this will be launched after Easter.
    • Developing plans to provide flat access from the Clarence Road car park into the town centre and installing dropped kerbs, tactile paving and other measures to create more accessible routes into the town centre. This will be subject to Town Deal funding.

    There will also be a large number of new seats provided on Market Jew Street. This will make the street more accessible for those who are less mobile and improve the experience for people visiting the town centre.

    Further discussions will also be held with disability groups and other interested parties to identify any other measures to improve access to the town centre.

    The restrictions have continued to be enforced through the use of Cornwall Council’s civil parking enforcement team – with penalty charge notices issued to people found to be breaching the restrictions. An average of up 60 tickets have been issued per month, with 170 tickets issued to drivers during the period between October and December 2021.

    Further discussions on enforcement will take place in the coming months.

  • Postponed information gathering event in Newlyn to take place on Friday, 25 February.t

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    The ‘information gathering’ event planned for local residents and businesses in Newlyn which had to be cancelled last week as a result of Storm Eunice will now take place in Trinity Church on Friday, 25 February

    The aim of the event is to enable the local community to share their views on current traffic issues in the town and put forward their ideas for developing future sustainable transport projects.

    As before the informal drop in event, which is taking place between 3pm and 6.30 pm, will be hosted by local Cornwall Councillor Thalia Marrington and members of Penzance Town Deal Team, with support from Cornwall Council’s highways department.

    As part of the Town Deal funding for Penzance and surrounding areas £1m has been allocated to deliver sustainable transport projects in Newlyn, subject to Government approval of the final business case. The aim of this event is to give the local community the opportunity to help shape how this money should be spent.

    “We are very sorry that last week’s event had to be cancelled at such short notice and hope that local people will come to this rescheduled event can come and share their concerns about transport issues in the town and feed in their ideas and suggestions for how to resolve them.” explained Councillor Marrington.

    We know that there are some real concerns about traffic congestion, parking and the impact of potential future phases of the Healthy Streets scheme on Newlyn. We want to meet with the local community, both residents and businesses, face to face so we can hear how they feel and what they would like to see happen, rather than ask for their views on ideas already drawn up by professionals”.

    “While we will have members of the Council’s highways team on hand to answer questions, their role is to listen to what the community thinks so their ideas can be used to shape the emerging Town Deal transport projects for Newlyn. “


  • Work to start on western Promenade and Alexandra Road improvements

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    Great news for local residents and businesses in Penzance – work begins this month (February) on delivering the improvements to Western Promenade Road and Alexandra Road.

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    When work started on designing this phase of the Healthy Streets scheme, local people said they wanted to see reduced traffic speeds across the town, with safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists.

    Following consultation on the initial proposals, the final plans included new 20 mph signs, additional crossing points to the Prom and on Alexandra Road, and changes to road signs to reduce the amount of through traffic going through the town.

     “Most of the people I've spoken to about this phase of works have been supportive, subject to the number of lost car park spaces being limited” said Cornwall Councillor Jim Mckenna, the divisional member for Penzance Promenade.  “The new designs achieve this and I'm confident that when they are implemented they will make access, particularly to the Promenade, easier for everyone. Vehicular traffic from Newlyn will still be able to access Western Promenade road.”
     Jon Mathews, from the Penzance District Tourism Association, added “Having reviewed the original proposals during the public consultation for the Promenade and Alexandra Road it is great to see the feedback we provided taken into account” 
     “Our concerns around locations of crossing points and reduction in parking spaces were taken seriously and the final designs show a plan which will really put safety at the forefront to the benefit of the local community and visitors alike”. 
      100 new 20 mph signs were erected across the town centre and residential areas up to Alexandra Road last year and work will begin later this month on providing four new uncontrolled pedestrian crossings on Western Promenade Road and on adjacent side roads. 

    The new crossings will have tactile paving to support visually impaired people and there will also be five new disabled parking spaces at the western end of the road in front of the arcade. Planters are being installed to narrow the road and reduce traffic speed to make it safer and more pleasant for pedestrians.

    Works to provide a further three new uncontrolled pedestrian crossings on Alexandra Road and modify signs to direct more traffic to the town centre car parks and encourage through traffic to use the A30 rather than driving though the town will take place after Easter.

    New speed monitoring and signs on New Road in Newlyn to reduce the speed of traffic travelling towards the village will also be carried out after Easter.

    These improvements reflect the recent changes to the highway code that prioritise pedestrians who are the most vulnerable and zero carbon road users.

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  • Next phase of Healthy Streets PZ scheme finalised after consultation with local community.

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    Next phase of Healthy Streets PZ scheme finalised after consultation with local community.

    Please click here to view a short film about the next stage of the Healthy Streets scheme https://youtu.be/b6xuERQnVtI

    Details of the second phase of Penzance’s Healthy Streets scheme have been confirmed, with proposals to reduce traffic speeds in the town centre and surrounding residential areas, additional pedestrian crossings and new signs to encourage more through traffic to use the A30 rather than driving through the town.

    Part of the wider Healthy Streets PZ scheme aimed at reducing traffic and pollution levels in the town and creating a better environment for all, the proposals have been finalised following extensive consultation with local residents, businesses and partners.

    In addition to detailed analysis of the responses to the public consultation which took place earlier this year, highways officers carried out a series of site visits with local representatives to key locations within the town. Information from these visits has also been used to shape the final proposals.

    The specific details are:

    • A new 20mph speed limit in Penzance town centre and the residential areas up to Alexandra Road
    • Modified road signage directing more traffic to the town centre car parks, and through traffic to use the A30 and the existing primary route network as intended
    • Five new uncontrolled pedestrian crossings on Western Promenade Road, together with planters to help narrow the road and reduce speed to improve access and movement for pedestrians
    • New speed monitoring and signage on New Road, Newlyn to reduce traffic speeds travelling towards Newlyn

    This scheme will also improve accessibility by providing new crossings points with tactile paving to support visually impaired people and five new disabled parking spaces at the western end of Promenade Road in front of the arcade.

    “We listened carefully to all the feedback we received from local residents and businesses when preparing the final details of this stage of the scheme“ said Councillor Jonathan How, the Mayor of Penzance and a member of the Healthy Streets PZ working group. “There was overwhelming public support for the 20 mph speed limit and so this element has been introduced ahead of the rest of the scheme.”

    Around 100 new 20 mph signs have been erected across the town. The new speed limit in these areas came into operation at the end of July. Plans are also being developed to extend the 20mph speed limit to Treneere.

    “I have been contacted by a number of people living in and around Treneere who are extremely concerned that the proposal to direct through traffic to use the A30 rather than driving through the town will lead to an increase in the number of vehicles driving past their homes” said Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Councillor for Penzance East. “I am delighted to confirm that the highways team are now developing plans to extend the 20 mph speed limit to this area as well”.

    Another aim of the second phase of the Healthy Streets scheme is to improve facilities and safety for pedestrians by providing additional pedestrian crossings on Alexandra Road and Western Promenade Road. These crossings, along with narrowing of the carriageway in places using planters, will help reduce vehicles speeds and make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road.

    “After analysing feedback to the suggested plans, we have worked with partners to produce a final scheme which provides crossing points in key places along these well used roads at the same time as retaining parking spaces for local residents and visitors” explained Jonathan How.

    As well as creating a better environment for local residents and visitors during the peak holiday season, it is hoped that the Healthy Streets scheme will also encourage more people to visit the town in the shoulder months.

    Work on providing the new crossings and signage is expected to start later in the Autumn.

    New directional signs and additional speed monitoring to reduce the volume and speed of traffic travelling towards Newlyn are also being delivered as part of this Healthy Streets scheme.

    “Some people in Newlyn and Mousehole have already expressed concerns about the impact of future proposals on their communities” said local Cornwall Councillor Thalia Marrington. “I would like to reassure the local community that no decisions have been made and there are certainly no plans to force all drivers to come down though Newlyn Coombe.

    “Retaining access for Newlyn and Mousehole will be vital to the success of the overall Healthy Streets scheme and we will be talking to local residents and businesses to understand their concerns before work begins on developing any draft proposals. ”

    These measures are being part funded through some of the money awarded to Cornwall Council from the Government’s Active Travel Fund, with the remainder of the funding coming from the Town Deal.

    Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for transport Philip Desmonde said: “Cornwall Council is keen to support and enable this community led scheme to promote green travel, reduce carbon emissions and help revitalise the town. It is heartening to see how listening to the views of the community and the desire to all work together, is helping to introduce measures to help tackle the climate emergency and improve the environment for everyone. It goes to the heart of my policy theme on Quality of Life within our street scenes.”

    In addition to the Healthy Streets proposals to increase opportunities for walking and cycling on the promenade, work is continuing to develop a range of other projects across Penzance to support the town’s commitment to promoting green and active travel.

    Supported by Penzance Town Deal, the Future High Street Fund and Accelerator funding, these include creating a fully sustainable network of safe and accessible walking, and cycling routes, with 15 km of local cycling routes connecting residents and visitors to the town, schools and the waterfront, and cycle parking.

    Penzance and Newlyn have seen new shelters providing 190 bicycle parking spaces for use by both residents and visitors installed in seven Cornwall Council and one Penzance Council owned car parks. There is also a new bus shelter on Market Jew Street which is fully enclosed and provides a greater amount of space for people to wait for their bus. Other future projects include a new shop mobility scheme and the creation of 4000 sqm of improved public realm and urban green space.

    Work is also continuing on monitoring the impact of the first phase of the Healthy Streets scheme. There has been a big reduction in the amount of traffic driving through Market Jew Street and an increase in the numbers of people walking and cycling across the town since the scheme was introduced.

    However, while tickets have continued to be issued to people found to be breaching the restrictions, the team are also continuing to investigate additional enforcement measures. These include forthcoming changes in legislation that could provide Cornwall Council with new powers to use number plate recognition cameras as part of the enforcement process. There will be more information on this in the coming weeks.

    “This is an exciting moment for Penzance as we confirm details of the second phase of our Healthy Streets scheme ” said Penzance BID Manager Jessica Morris. . “This is part of the wider strategy to regenerate the town and ensure a sustainable future for Penzance and it is great to see our ambitions becoming reality”.

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  • New bike shelters support zero carbon commitment in Newlyn and Penzance

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    Penzance and Newlyn are building on their well deserved reputation for promoting sustainability and green travel with new bicycle shelters being installed in a number of council owned car parks.

    Provided by Penzance’s Town Deal Board through the Accelerator Fund, the new bicycle shelters are designed to complement the aims of the Healthy Streets scheme to promote cycling as a healthy, active and low carbon transport alternative to the car for shorter trips around the town.

    The project, developed in partnership with Cornwall Council and supported by CORMAC, will see seven shelters providing 190 new bicycle parking spaces for use by both residents and visitors installed in seven Cornwall Council and one Penzance Council owned car parks.

    This is great news for Penzance and Newlyn” said Cornwall Councillor Tim Dwelly. “One of our aims is to help local people who want to walk or cycle to work, shops and leisure activities. We want to make it easy for those who would prefer to leave the car at home.

    “Visiting by bike means you can save money (on petrol/parking), help reduce air pollution and get about town much more quickly.

    “The new Penzance and Newlyn bike shelters are secure, dry and sheltered and deliberately sited in convenient locations across town.”

    The bike shelters represent extra provision across the town for those who wish to use their bikes more often - providing alternative bicycle parking spaces.

    Members of the transport group have worked hard to minimise the impact of the project on car parking spaces in the town, with the installation of the covered shelters resulting in a total reduction of just 14 car parking spaces across all seven car parks.

    A number of cycle hoops and Sheffield cycle stands (standard bike racks) will also be provided in other locations, including Market Jew Street and Causeway Head.

    The full list of shelters includes:

    • 40 bike spaces in the Harbour car park
    • 40 bike spaces in St Erbyn’s car park
    • 40 bike spaces at Wherrytown car park
    • 20 spaces at Clarence Street car park
    • 20 spaces at Penhalverne car park
    • 20 spaces at St Anthony’s car park
    • 10 spaces at Wellfields (Penlee) car park
    • Cycle hoops andSheffield stands on Market Jew Street
    • Sheffield stands in St Peter’s Hill car park
    • Sheffield stands in Lower Green Street
    • Sheffield stands in Causeway Head

    “Research shows that taking part in physical exercise has enormous benefits for people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing “ said Cornwall Councillor Thalia Marrington.

    “Providing facilities which encourage more people to leave their cars at home for short trips and cycle instead will also help us to meet our target to reduce carbon emissions. Following the recent G7 summit the Government announced plans to make Cornwall the first net zero region of the UK. We want Penzance and Newlyn to lead the way in meeting this target”.

    The installation of the new bicycle shelters is one of a number of schemes which are already being delivered to support the town’s commitment to promoting green and active travel.

    New walking and cycling links are being provided across Penzance and Newlyn, with plans also being developed to use additional funding from the Town Deal to deliver new bike hub facilities at key locations during the next few years.

    Philip Desmonde, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “I would like to congratulate and express my gratitude to all those involved in delivering this initiative. It is this community based contribution to reducing our carbon footprint while adding value to our aspirations for health and wellbeing that deserves huge praise.”

    Work is also taking place to finalise the plans for the second phase of the Healthy Streets scheme.

    Following detailed analysis of the responses to the consultation which took place earlier this year, highways officers have carried out a series of site visits to key locations within the town during the past few weeks. Information from these visits is now being used to shape the final proposals which are due to be published by the middle of next month.

    One of the original proposals which received widespread support during the consultation was for the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit in the town centre and the residential areas up to and including Alexandra Road.

    As a result of this public support the speed limit will be introduced ahead of the remainder of the scheme. Work is currently taking place to finalise this element of the programme, with the signage due to be introduced within the next few weeks.

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