Free half hour parkingCornwall Council has announced a new initiative to help Cornish High Streets that have been hit by the recent storms. By using the RingGo App when paying for their parking, visitors and locals will be able to get half an hour free parking in the town center to give them more time to explore the Newquay High Street.

The scheme will run from 1st March until 20th April, Easter Sunday. People will need to use RingGo cashless payment system to pay for their ticket either by using the downloadable app on their smartphone or by calling 01872-884466.

Newquay BID manager, Emilie Calhaem said “This is a great opportunity for Newquay to encourage people to send more time in our town. We would encourage all the shops and restaurants to make sure that their customers know about the scheme. Cornwall Council has put together a poster to promote the scheme which is available for download from www.newquaybid.co.uk.”

In addition to this, Newquay has also been selected as a pilot town for a Cornwall Council lead parking initiative aimed at encouraging people to spend time in the town in the early evening either visiting one of the town’s numerous restaurants or taking advantage of a trip to the Cinema.  

The trial period will come into force on 15th March to coincide with the start of the summer tariff season and will last for 3 months. The parking fees will be reduced from £2.10 or £3 depending on the car park to £1. This trial is part of a £1.2mn commitment from Cornwall Council to car parking aimed at helping the local economy.

In an aim to help this initiative gain momentum, Newquay BID have designed a poser to help promote the scheme. This will be available as a download for businesses to promote on their own websites and social media pages as well as a poster for premises to put up in their window. Emilie Calhaem, mentioned that “as this is a pilot scheme being put in place by Cornwall Council, it is imperative that we work together as a town to promote the scheme to locals and visitors alike. The Council have already mentioned to us that they will want feedback on this scheme to measure its success and viability on a longer term based and it is only by working together to get the word out there that we can make sure people make use of this fantastic offer”. 

If you would like a copy of the poster prepared by Cornwall Council to promote the half hour parking initiative, or the poster designed by Newquay BID to promote the new temporary evening tariffs, please contact Newquay BID on 01637 498599 or email info@newquaybid.co.uk. The BID team hopes that the town will help support these schemes by putting these posters in their shop and café windows to ensure the word is being spread.

Download the £1 evening parking poster and half hour parking poster.