In the past week there has been a change in the way LS car park tickets work in St Ives.
The dissolution of Cornwall's district councils and creation of a new unitary authority called Cornwall Council has had a subtle but significant effect on weekly tickets for St Ives' Long Stay parks. Whereas the old weekly Rover ticket (£33) entitled parking in the LS parks and ANY of Penwith's LS parks this is no longer the case now Penwith is no more. This weekly ticket is now only good for the St Ives LS parks (Station, Trenwith, Barnoon, Island, and Park Avenue). Infuriatingly you can no longer use this one for Carbis Bay (or vice versa). This ticket can be bought at the machine (have plenty of £2 & £1 coins, no change given) or at one of the shiny, new Cornwall Council One Stop Shops (cheque or card). I suppose this will suffice for the majority of visitors but Carbis Bay has a St Ives postal address and surely should be in the St Ives group.
However there is another alternative. The weekly Cornwall Rover, costing £35 p.w. allows parking in any LS park in Cornwall, - Newquay, Padstow etc, space permitting of course, so this is the best one for people wanting to use both St Ives & Carbis Bay parks. But these cannot currently be bought from the machine, only at an OSS. Hopefully this will be only a temporary state of affairs as it is surely only a matter of re-programming the machines, plus a bit of new signage as there is no mention of this ticket on the charges boards.
The Tourist Information Centre say there are plans to make the ticket application process available on-line. This would be great, but I'm not holding my breath on this.
Anyone wanting a Cornwall Rover can get one at either the OSS at Hayle, Frank Johns Centre, 56 Queens Way, Cornwall TR27 4NL or the one at The St Ives TIC, The Guildhall Street-an-Pol, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DS. ** (see below.) But only in normal office hours ! If you are uncertain that you will be able to get there on time it's probably best to apply by post.
This policy has been very ill thought-out administratively, and hopefully the rough edges will soon be sorted out, especially the omission of Carbis Bay/Porthrepta from the St Ives group, which I hope is due to ignorance rather than a deliberate decision. I fear it may be the latter as Cornwall Council puts tourism disgracefully low on its list of priorities.
If I find out more I'll come back on here. For now, on behalf of all of us who do care about St Ives tourism I can only apologise for the dog's dinner of a policy currently presented to those on whom we so depend.
** Or at any of the other 20 One Stop Shops throughout CornwallEdited: 8:26 am, April 06, 2010