'Parking already a huge issue' after Truro's Moorfield car park partially closes

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Cornwall residents have been expressing their shock in our comments section after Cornwall Council recently announced that the upper levels of Truro's Moorfield car park, which were closed last week, have reached the end of their "design life." The Council has said it is improbable that any remedial work to prolong their lifespan would be feasible or cost-effective.

While the multi-storey sections (decks four to nine) remain closed, the ground floor and external parts of the 680-space car park on Calenick Street, along with the designated parking area for permit holders, are still operational. The closure of the upper storeys occurred abruptly on Tuesday, May 21.

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A council spokesperson said: "Safety is paramount and our aim has been to keep the car park open for as long as possible while it has been safe to do so. Any decision that affects the capacity of the car park is not taken lightly and so this needs to be based on robust evidence.

Commenter Baggyboatee is happy with the decision: “Raze it to the ground and just have a decent one-level car park. Saves it being an eyesore in the town for the next twenty years like the old Somerfield store.” A user named Trago agrees: “Put council houses on it and high-rise tower blocks to help facilitate much-needed sociable housing in the city.”

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Reader Jonah1156 writes: “Simple. Make it more expensive to park in Truro unless one has a Blue badge so that usual car drivers would have to use the Park and Ride .” Mdurman says: “Do Cornwall Council really care about Truro? The shopkeepers are already struggling with the increased rent. The council has decided that visitors who arrive by coach are not going to be catered for.”

Chuffingr8 writes: “Town centres are dying and a lack of parking isn't exactly going to help things.” MikeHart thinks that there must be an alternative to closure: “There's LOADS of money available to fix this or, if necessary, rebuild it and improve it. Think of all the car parking fees paid over the years. THERE is the money.”

RuddyIncomer says: “What have things come to when we put up plug-ugly buildings designed to last just 50 years?” Yerboy agrees: “The Victorian structures are still standing and in full use. Perhaps we should be looking at their methods. What will all these thousands of timber frame boxes be like in 50 years time? Will they say the foundations have come to the end of their design life?”

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Over on Facebook Jane Bernal says: “Much better public transport from villages should have been developed before even thinking of closing the car park. We want more people to use our city centre. Just now, if they can't come in cars more will stay away. In the longer run, yes we want more of those people to be able to arrive by other means of transport, but establish those first.”

Vix Manhire suggests: “Park and ride is much cheaper.” Marie Clark disagrees: “Park and Ride is not accessible to a lot of people and is not fair now for those that are unable to use the multi tickets on a smartphone due to not having a suitable device or due to disability. Closing and not replacing the car park urgently with a new multi-storey car park is removing close parking options for half of the city centre further limiting options for specific groups of people. It's much easier to shop outside of Truro even if you live within the city itself.”

Julia K Pearce says: “This is quite serious for Truro, parking is already a huge issue. I live in between the two park and rides so that’s not an option for me. The town centre is in decline, such a shame. I feel for all the independent business owners.”

Sophie Marie is also concerned: “Parking is already a nightmare for us local businesses after losing the other big car park. We can’t afford to lose another one!” Sally Hosking agrees: “Instead of making Truro more inviting the council are doing their best to deter us from shopping in town and putting money back into our local businesses.”

How do you feel about this decision? Do you think Truro needs more parking? Have your say in our comments section.