Campervan enthusiasts who visit Cornwall this year may find entry into West Cornwall’s busy tourist towns a little easier as councillors and locals try to determine the best area for a transport interchange facility.
Councillors have been pinning their hopes on a plot of land at St Erth just off the A30 which is central to St Ives, Penzance, Hayle and Camborne but villagers in the small hamlet are not convinced proposed plans are safe. Cornwall council have already earmarked the land to become a 750 space car park with park and ride facilities for all the major tourist traps in the area. All the groundwork and planning permission has been granted and a meeting last week should have rubber stamped the deal. However, villagers from St Erth who were present at the council meeting managed to persuade the councillors to postpone any decision until they make a site visit.
Cheryl Macleod, speaking on behalf of the St Erth Residents Association, said “I was pleased that the councillors listened to us and they seemed to have done their homework and were aware of the issues. Two of the car parks would be accessed via the narrow road to the village where it passes under a small railway bridge and the bridge is already used by more than 100 lorries a day visiting a sewage plant and a waste site in the village. A site visit is preferable to a decision because we think that anyone who sees that bridge will understand the dangers. I am pleased with a site visit because I think the site will speak for itself.”
There is no doubt that a park and ride scheme would ease congestion in the small narrow lanes in West Cornwall but Campervan drivers should check their campervan insurance cover before using any park and ride schemes.