Update on Healthy Streets PZ scheme

Update on Healthy Streets PZ scheme

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The aim of the Healthy Streets PZ scheme is to make Penzance a better, healthier and easier place to live, work and shop by reducing the dominance of traffic in Market Jew Street.

As this is a trial, we welcome all comments and any suggestions for changes to the current proposals from members of the public so they can be considered before a decision is made on a final scheme next Spring.
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We want to ensure that the final scheme meets the needs of all parts of the community. This means making sure that the town centre is accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. Measures were added to the original scheme to not simply maintain, but also to improve accessibility in the town. These include the introduction of a shopmobility scheme, creating more accessible routes and providing more disabled parking spaces with access to Market Jew Street. Work is continuing to implement these measures as soon as possible.

Creating more opportunities for people to walk and cycle safely in the town centre not only reflects the views expressed by residents during Penzance Expo and Neighbourhood Plan consultation, it is also part of the town’s response to the climate emergency. This approach also aligns with government policy which is shifting towards prioritising vulnerable and low carbon road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

A key concern raised with the team during the past few months has been a lack of enforcement. Although tickets continue to be issued to people found to be breaching the restrictions, the team are investigating additional enforcement measures in response to these requests, including the use of number plate recognition cameras.

We are monitoring how the scheme is working for all groups. Before any new measures are introduced, we will be carrying out further consultation with representatives of disability groups on the next steps, with further consideration given to how those with mobility issues can access services on the high street during pedestrian hours.

Work will also be taking place on developing proposals for Newlyn through the wider Town Deal programme. These discussions are at a very early stage, and consultation will be carried out with local residents and businesses before any decisions are made.