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Penzance is developing plans to make the town more pedestrian friendly, as part of a bold new vision to tackle climate emergency, attract new investment & businesses and boost the local economy.

Part of an exciting vision to make Penzance a thriving place for the future, the Healthy Streets Transport scheme aims to reduce through traffic and encourage more people to leave the car at home by creating pedestrianised areas in the town centre, developing new accessible routes, promoting walking and cycling and providing other more sustainable forms of transport. Developed by Cornwall Council in partnership with Penzance Town Council, Penzance Business Improvement District (BID) and Sustainable Penzance, the trial scheme will be delivered in three main phases over the next 12 months.
Work on the first phase – to pedestrianise Market Jew Street – will begin at the beginning of September, with the remaining phases to modify the Branwells Mill gyratory system and reduce traffic on Western Promenade Road, and extend the 20mph zone, being introduced later in the scheme to minimise disruption.
Details of the scheme will be published on this website as soon as they are available.
As this is a trial scheme introduced under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), members of the public are encouraged to give their views as the scheme progresses so changes can be made if any parts are not working as expected. All comments made during the 12 months trial period will be taken into account before a decision is made on a permanent scheme.
For further information or to give your views please complete the contact form below.

 

 

Plan for Market Jew Street

FAQ

Cornwall Council has been working with local organisations, including Penzance Place Shaping Partnership, Penzance Council, Penzance BID, and Sustainable Penzance to develop a trial scheme to reduce through traffic in the town centre and increase opportunities for walking and cycling in and around the town.  This is part of Penzance’s commitment to revitalise its economy, promote sustainable transport and tackle climate change.

In the short term the scheme will also support the town’s Covid Recovery programme by reducing traffic in key parts of the town, helping members of the public navigate the narrow streets whilst maintaining safe social distancing.

The measures being proposed include:

  • reducing through traffic from Penzance town centre;
  • pedestrianising Market Jew Street;
  • modifying the Branwells Mill gyratory system,
  • reducing traffic on Western Promenade Road; and
  • extending the 20mph speed restriction within Penzance town centre

The trial is being led by Cornwall Council and, if agreed, will be carried out under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) process, with the measures remaining in place for 12 months.  

The use of the experimental order also means that any parts of the scheme which are not working can be modified at any time without having to wait for the end of the trial.

Last year Penzance became one of the first councils in the country to declare a Climate Emergency, with members unanimously supporting plans to create a car free town centre, improved cycle and pedestrian access and reduce emissions.

Since then there have been growing calls from local residents to reduce traffic dominance to support the health, well-being and vitality of the town, with widespread public support for proposals to pedestrianise areas such as Market Jew Street and the Promenade received during last year’s Penzance Expo and Neighbourhood Plan consultation.

With research showing that 41% of local residents currently travel less than 5km to the town centre, many of these journeys could be made on foot or by bicycle, e-bike or public transport.

Post Covid consultation carried out by Cornwall Council has also found strong support for the pedestrianisation of high streets to support social distancing and a sustainable recovery, with 70% of people reporting they have enjoyed cleaner air outdoors.

Seven in 10 residents said they would be willing to continue home working and / or reduced travel after the pandemic is over to benefit the environment, with less pollution, a reduction in traffic and greater use of walking, cycling and public transport among the top three priorities for future changes.

Work on developing detailed proposals to reduce traffic in the town centre has been taking place during the past few months, with a trial scheme originally due to be introduced in September. However the impact of Covid 19 and the need to maximise public safety in the light of the re-opening of businesses, has led to the scheme being brought forward to August.

While the amount of traffic has been increasing since the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions, road traffic levels are currently at about 70% of typical July traffic levels. This provides sufficient headroom to introduce the trial in summer with the benefits it will bring to trading and economic activity. It is also apparent that more people are currently walking and cycling.

A range of measures to support safe social distancing have already been introduced in parts of the town centre. These include the temporary closure of Chapel Street on Thursday to Sunday evenings to provide more outdoor space for café, bars, pubs and restaurants.

The Government’s new pavement legislation is likely to see more businesses in the town centre seek to use the space outside their premises for seating and outdoor stalls during the next few weeks. Reducing through traffic in Market Jew street and other narrow streets will help improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists forced to use the main routes in the town centre.

We will, however, be monitoring traffic patterns throughout the trial and we can respond to issues that may arise.

This crisis has provided the opportunity to accelerate the trial, transform the town centre and make sure Penzance is a thriving place for the future.

The use of an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order, introduced as part of the Government’s emergency Covid legislation, means there is no pre consultation process before a scheme is put in place.

However all comments made during the trial are treated as part of a “live consultation” and will be taken in account before any decision is made on a permanent scheme. 

The scheme will be closely monitored throughout the trial to assess how it is working.

As this is an experimental order any parts of the scheme which are not working as expected can be modified at any time without having to wait for the end of the trial.

No

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the level of through traffic in the town centre during the main part of the day to improve the environment and safety of pedestrians and cyclists living, working and visiting Penzance. 

Signage will be used to encourage people who don’t need to drive through the town centre to use the A30 rather than drive through the narrow streets.  Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles, buses and taxis, as well as for people who live and work in the town centre.

The costs of developing and implementing the first phase of the trial will be met by Cornwall Council.

Funding for further phases, including extending the 20mph speed restriction within Penzance town centre, and developing proposals for an electric hoppa bus and Tuk Tuk service, a new park and ride and a park and bike system and a dedicated Shop Mobility scheme, together with segregated cycle lanes and bike hubs, will be provided either by the Government or from Penzance’s Town Deal programme.

We recognise the importance of ensuring the town centre is accessible to everyone and will be working with representatives of a wide range of disability rights groups to develop a disabled access strategy to ensure that the scheme meets their needs.

While the proposals will mean blue badge holders will no longer be able to park in the 8 limited waiting spaces on Market Jew Street, additional blue badge spaces will be provided in the Harbour and the Greenmarket car parks with appropriate linkages to the main shopping streets.

The current 5 disabled parking spaces on Princes Street and 4 spaces on Chapel Street will also remain, together with the 45 blue badge spaces in Cornwall Council car parks in the town, including 33 in the Harbour / Wharfside car park.

We are also investigating the possibility of using some of the Town Deal funding to re-introduce a Shop Mobility scheme in the town.

The signage and traffic regulation orders proposed should make the access restrictions reasonably self-enforcing.  The layout of the road and the markings will also positively reinforce and enable traffic management. However, Cornwall Council will be monitoring traffic at the restrictions to ensure that the restrictions are being adhered to.

Waiting and loading restrictions on Market Jew Street that will be restricted during the time periods for the pedestrianisation will be enforced by the existing Cornwall Council civil enforcement officers as part of their duties within the town.

Already recognised as the first place in the country to receive plastic free status, implementing this scheme will enable Penzance to build on its green credentials by developing measures to increase opportunities for walking and cycling, reduce traffic in the town centre and improve public transport.

Reducing through traffic will help ensure the safety of the people who live, work, and visit Penzance at the same time as supporting the development of an attractive “café style culture” which will help attract more shoppers to the town centre.

With the pedestrianisation of town centres seen as a key factor in regenerating local economies at the same time as tackling climate change and ensuring a sustainable future, Penzance can lead the way in becoming a thriving town for the future.

The bus stop has been relocated to provide greater space for people to wait for the bus and to pass along Market Jew Street given the current safe distancing guidelines. The footway is very narrow outside Boots and the existing bus stop results in people bunching up in close proximity which is not ideal in the current situation. In addition, the relocated bus stop has benches nearby,  assisting those people who need to sit whilst waiting for a bus.While moving the existing bus shelter as part of the trial has removed some weather protection, should the overall trial prove to be positive, a shelter will be provided adjacent to the new bus stop. 

In the short term road markings in the vicinity of Albert Street and the Branwells Mill gyratory system will be changed as part of the trial scheme. This is being done to reduce the volumes of traffic using Market Jew Street as a ‘short cut’ across Penzance.

If the trial scheme proves effective and is supported by the wider community, the longer term aspirations would be to physically change the Branwells Mill gyratory area to provide much greater levels of pedestrian accessibility. This would then enhance the local environment around the businesses at the eastern end of Market Jew Street and those that front onto the gyratory system.

 

These are used to assist people with sight impairment so that they know that the green man symbol is showing. As part of the yellow push button units for traffic signal controlled pedestrian crossings, there is a metal cone underneath the push button unit that spins / rotates when the green man symbol is illuminated.. Audible beepers are also used in some locations but cannot be used everywhere, particularly where there are multiple crossings in close proximity as there can be potential confusion as to which crossing is ‘beeping’.

Entering the pedestrian and cycle zone is a moving traffic offence which can only be enforced by the police, outside of London. The reason we have switched from a blue bus lane sign at the Market Place end of Market Jew Street to a red ‘no entry’ sign is to reinforce the moving traffic offence should unauthorised vehicles pass the sign. The sign at the Branwells Mill gyratory sign is a regulatory sign, with a red circle, and needs to be obeyed. As part of the pedestrian and cycle zone we have retained the no loading restrictions during the zone operational period and restricted loading and waiting to specific areas outside of the operational period. Therefore, if a vehicle does drive through the restriction and then stop to load or wait, this can be enforced by the civil parking enforcement officers. We are aware that some vehicles may ignore the signage and drive through and will be monitoring the levels of compliance during the trial. Should the trial be successful and supported by the wider community we would look to introduce more permanent measures to ensure compliance with the restrictions.  These could include rising bollards or barriers to restrict entry to the pedestrian zone during the restricted times.

No, blue badge holders will not be able to enter the zone or park between the hours of 11am-4pm. As well as the prohibition of motor vehicles restriction (signed at the start of the Pedestrian and cycle zone) prohibiting access between 11am-4pm, loading restrictions will be in place for the entire length of Market Jew Street between the hours or 11am-4pm. Outside of the zone operational times, limited waiting bays will be available for use by anyone for up to 30 minutes, or for an unlimited time by blue badge holders (between the hours of 4pm -11am).

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Positive start to Healthy Streets PZ scheme

8 September 2020  

 The introduction of the new pedestrianised zone in Market Jew Street at the end of last week, with restrictions on through traffic between 11 am and 4pm, has already led to a more positive look and feel to the town centre.

  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 well as being part of the town’s response to the climate emergency, the creation of the pedestrianised zone also reflects the views expressed by local residents during last year’s Penzance Expo and Neighbourhood Plan consultation.

 While the introduction of the scheme supports the town’s Covid Recovery programme, work on developing detailed proposals to reduce traffic in the town centre has actually been taking place during the past year as part of the town’s wider ambition to revitalise our economy, promote sustainable transport and tackle climate change.

  Pedestrianisation schemes have been trialled in other towns in Cornwall, with both Truro and Falmouth recently opting to continue to operate their schemes for a further period following a positive response from their local communities.

  Part of a wider ambition to regenerate the local economy at the same time as tackling the climate crisis and ensuring a sustainable future for Penzance, the Healthy Streets PZ scheme will reduce through traffic and create new pedestrian areas in the town centre; develop new accessible routes; promote walking and cycling and provide other more sustainable forms of transport.

 While drivers and pedestrians are still getting used to the new restrictions, there has already been a significant reduction in the number of vehicles driving through Market Jew Street during the period the zone has been in operation.  Specific traffic monitoring will be carried out in the next few weeks to provide an accurate figure of the number of vehicles entering the town.

 The new signage is in place. These signs inform drivers as to where they can, and more importantly, where they can’t, go while the pedestrian zone is in operation.  The road markings in the vicinity of Albert Street and the Branwells Mill gyratory system have also been changed to reduce the volumes of traffic using Market Jew Street as a ‘short cut’ across Penzance. There are also electronic VMS signs on the outskirts of the town which warn drivers about the scheme before they have to re route.

 Highways officers are monitoring how the signs are working, and will make changes to the number and layout of the signs if required.

  The use of the red “no entry” signs at the Market Place end of Market Jew Street and at the start of the Branwells Mill gyratory system means that entering the pedestrian and cycle zone between 11 am and 4pm is now an offence.  The no loading restrictions during the zone operational period and restricted loading and waiting to specific areas outside of the operational period have also been retained. This means that if a vehicle does drive through the restriction and then stops to load or wait, this can be enforced.

  It is essential to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in Market Jew Street and, once the scheme has had a chance to settle down, the Healthy Streets PZ team will be working with partners to make sure that the restrictions are enforced.  This will include locating street wardens at both entrances to remind people of the restrictions.

  “We are aware that the introduction of the scheme has led to concerns from some older people and those with disabilities in the town “ said Councillor Nicole Broadhurst, the Mayor of Penzance.  We recognise the importance of ensuring the town centre is accessible to everyone and want to ensure that the final scheme works for all parts of our community “

 Following an initial discussion with disability groups the timing of the introduction of the restrictions was changed from 10 am to 11 am to give people with disabilities more time to visit the town centre for appointments and do their shopping.  The restrictions also finish at 4pm, enabling blue badge holders and others to enter Market Jew Street after this period. 

  A number of people also use buses and taxis to travel to the town, and the trial scheme does not restrict bus or taxi access to the town centre.

  A number of other measures were also added to the original scheme to improve accessibility in the town.  Additional blue badge spaces will shortly be provided in the Clarence Street car parks with appropriate linkages to the main shopping streets  (these are on the raised section providing flat access to Causewayhead and the town).

  Work is continuing to re-introduce a Shop Mobility scheme in the town to support people with significant mobility issues. Penzance BID, the Town Deal Board and other partners are working extremely hard to ensure it is available as quickly as possible, with discussions currently taking place to identify a location for the scheme.

  The team leading the project also recognised that the introduction of the trial scheme may potentially create some issues for delivery companies and took the decision to amend the original 10 am timing of the start of the restrictions to 11 am to provide additional time for deliveries to be made. Additional loading bays have also been provided within Market Jew Street for when the road is open to vehicles. This will enable increased servicing provision.  There are also a number of existing loading bays outside of the pedestrian zone which delivery companies can use when making deliveries to the town during the hours the restrictions are in place.

  “Making such a significant change to a well established traffic layout was always going to be challenging and inevitably there will be some elements which do not work as expected “ said Penzance BID Manager Jess Morris. 

  “However, as this is a ‘living trial’, these can be amended during the scheme to ensure that it is meeting the needs of all parts of the community. “It is not possible to do everything at once and we need to see how it is working before we make any changes. “

  Sustainable Penzance is one of the key partners involved in the Healthy Streets PZ scheme and Rachel Yates was delighted to see more people walking and cycling when she visited the town centre over the weekend.

  “This is early days as the scheme was only introduced last Thursday but you can already see a marked difference to the feel of Market Jew Street “ she said.  “We know that it will take time for people to get used to the restrictions, and there will inevitably need to be some enforcement to make sure the scheme is working properly and is safe for pedestrians and cyclists, but we have made a really good start”.

  “This is the first phase of a longer term, wider vision for our town which focuses on improving access and revitalising the town for everyone and I am looking forward to working with partners and the local community to make Penzance a thriving place for the future”.

Market Jew Street Penzance

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Working together to meet the needs of all parts of our community.

3rd September 2020

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on the proposals for the first phase of the Healthy Streets PZ scheme.  It has been great to see so many people supporting the plans to make Penzance a better, healthier and easier place to live, work and shop.

While the introduction of the scheme now will certainly support the town’s Covid Recovery programme, work on developing detailed proposals to reduce traffic in the town centre has actually been taking place during the past year as part of our wider ambition to revitalise our economy, promote sustainable transport and tackle climate change.

Last year Penzance became one of the first councils in the country to declare a Climate Emergency, with members unanimously supporting plans to create a car free town centre, improved cycle and pedestrian access and reduce emissions.  Cornwall Council has also declared a climate emergency, launching its own climate emergency action plan. 

Since then there have also been growing calls from local residents to reduce traffic dominance to support the health, well-being and vitality of the town, with widespread public support for proposals to pedestrianise areas such as Market Jew Street and the Promenade received during last year’s Penzance Expo and Neighbourhood Plan consultation.

Post Covid consultation carried out by Cornwall Council has also found strong support for the pedestrianisation of high streets to support social distancing and a sustainable recovery, with 70% of people reporting they have enjoyed cleaner air outdoors.  Pedestrianisation trials are currently taking place in Falmouth and Truro.

After changing the original plans to introduce the first phase of the scheme in the middle of August following feedback from businesses and local people, it was agreed to implement the new pedestrian zone from 3 September.  Making such a significant change to a well-established traffic layout was always going to be challenging and inevitably there will be some elements which do not work as expected . However, as this is a ‘living trial’, these can be amended during the scheme to ensure that it is meeting the needs of all parts of our community.

We recognise the importance of ensuring the town centre is accessible to everyone and have been working with representatives of a wide range of disability rights groups to develop a disabled access strategy to ensure that the trial scheme meets their needs.  

While the introduction of the pedestrianisation scheme means that blue badge holders will no longer be able to park in the eight limited waiting spaces on Market Jew Street between 11 am and 4pm, additional blue badge spaces will shortly be provided in the Clarence Street car parks with appropriate linkages to the main shopping streets  (these are on the raised section providing flat access to Causewayhead and the town). The route from the car park to Market Jew Street has also been reviewed to ensure that it is fully accessible for people with disabilities.

The current 5 disabled parking spaces on Princes Street and 4 spaces on Chapel Street are also remaining, together with the 45 blue badge spaces in Cornwall Council car parks in the town, including 33 spaces in the Harbour / Wharfside car park.

Following an initial discussion with disability groups the timing of the introduction of the restrictions was changed from 10 am to 11 am to give people with disabilities more time to visit the town centre and do their shopping.  Since then a number of further measures have been added to the scheme to improve accessibility in the town.

Following concerns over the impact of A boards and other street furniture on people with sight impairment, a review is being carried out of the existing street furniture and any potential trip hazards on Market Jew Street to identify any “quick fixes” which could be carried out as part of the trial scheme.

We are also aware that existing disabled parking spaces are being used by non blue badge holders and, following an audit of disabled bay and parking space usage in the town centre, are working with partners to ensure that restrictions on their use are being properly enforced. 

Work is also taking place to re-introduce a Shop Mobility scheme in the town to support people with significant mobility issues. Penzance BID, the Town Deal Board and other partners are working extremely hard to ensure it is available as quickly as possible, with discussions currently taking place to identify a location for the scheme.

We are certainly not ignoring the concerns of people with disabilities in our town. We understand the issues which have been raised about access and are committed to ensuring that the final scheme is working for everyone.  A number of changes were made to the scheme following previous discussions with disability groups and we have invited Disability Cornwall and iSight Cornwall to make a site visit at the end of the month to see how the scheme is working in practice once it has had time to settle in properly.

As the pedestrian zone will prevent deliveries / collections taking place on Market Jew Street during the zone operational hours, additional loading bays have been provided within Market Jew Street for when the road is open to vehicles. This will enable increased servicing provision. Major delivery companies have been contacted to inform them of the changes and have also been advised of the location of existing loading bays outside of the pedestrian zone.

As we can review and amend the trial as we go along to make sure it works for everyone, we are keen to hear views and ideas from all parts of our community. However, as this is a brand new scheme, it is important to allow it to settle down so we can see how it is working before we make any changes.  Significant alterations to traffic layout always need a time for people to adapt and it is not possible to do everything at once. 

It is also important to recognise that this first phase is part of a longer term, wider vision for Penzance which focuses on improving access and revitalising the town for everyone. Please bear with us as we work together to make Penzance a thriving place for the future.

Market Jew Street Penzance

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First phase of Healthy Streets PZ scheme to begin on 3 September

20 August 2020

Healthy Streets PZ has finalised the first steps in delivering a bold new vision to make the town a thriving place for the future, with proposals to pedestrianise Market Jew Street due to be introduced on 3 September.

Part of a wider ambition to regenerate the local economy at the same time as tackling the climate crisis and ensuring a sustainable future for the town, the Healthy Streets scheme will reduce through traffic and create new pedestrian areas in the town centre, develop new accessible routes, promote walking and cycling and provide other more sustainable forms of transport.

Delivered in phases over the next 12 months, the trial scheme, which is being developed by Cornwall Council in partnership with Penzance Council, Penzance BID and Sustainable Penzance, also includes proposals to modify the Branwells Mill Gyratory system, reduce traffic on Western Promenade Road, and extend the 20mph zone.

“This is a very exciting moment for our town and we want to ensure that the scheme meets the needs of all parts of our community “ said Councillor Nicole Broadhurst , the Mayor of Penzance.

“After talking to local businesses and blue badge holders we had already decided to move the introduction of the scheme to September to avoid the peak summer season, and to amend the timing of the traffic restrictions in Market Jew Street so they come into operation at 11 am rather than at 10 am. Last week we met with representatives of disAbility Cornwall and iSightCornwall and we are now looking at how we maximise the scheme to improve access to the town for everyone in our community .

“This is the first stage in a wider vision to create the Penzance we want for the future. As the scheme is being carried out under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) process, any parts which are not working as expected can be modified at any time during the trial. We will be monitoring the scheme closely and welcome any feedback from the local community”.

Aimed at encouraging more people to visit and stay longer in Penzance by improving the overall environment in the town centre and supporting safe social distancing , the proposals for Market Jew Street will see traffic restrictions in place between 11 am and 4pm from Monday to Sunday from Thursday, 3 September. .

As well as creating a pedestrian and cycling zone in Market Jew Street between these hours, other key measures include:
• No waiting or loading on Market Jew Street between 1100 and 1600 Monday to Sunday
• Retaining bus access in both directions
• Moving the uphill (westbound) bus stop to outside Domino’s Pizza where the footway is wider. The existing limited waiting bay in this location (for use outside of the restricted hours) will be slightly reduced in length to accommodate the bus stop. Additional limited waiting and loadings bays are being introduced throughout the street to accommodate extra waiting and loading outside of the restricted hours.
• Taxis will continue to be able to drive uphill but will have restricted access downhill

A contraflow bus and cycle lane is also being introduced at the western end of Market Jew Street.

Some modifications to Branwell’s Mill gyratory system are also being made in this phase to complement the pedestrianisation measures in Market Jew Street and re-enforce the traffic restrictions. These include removing one of the lanes of traffic, with changes to road signs; road markings and lane allocations. As well as provide increased space for pedestrians this will offer greater opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between the Coast Path and the railway and bus stations into the town centre.

As the proposals will result in the removal of some traffic from Chyandour Cliff, Market Jew Street and Wharf Road, changing the overall environment in the area, highways officers are not anticipating congestion to be a significant issue. However traffic levels will be closely monitored and action taken if required.

Following meetings with disability groups a number of measure are being added to the scheme to improve accessibility in Penzance, including increasing daytime parking for Blue Badge holders, creating more accessible routes into the town centre, tackling the use of existing disabled parking spaces by non blue badge holders and also investigating the impact of A boards and other street furniture on people with sight impairment.

Specific actions include:
• Providing additional blue badge parking in the lower Clarence Street car park (these will be on the raised section providing flat access to Causewayhead and the town). .
• Reviewing the route from the car park to Market Jew Street and carrying out modifications if appropriate
• Reviewing the existing street furniture and any potential trip hazards on Market Jew Street to identify any “quick fixes” which could be carried out as part of the trial scheme.
• Reviewing the provision of tactile paving and checking that the rotating tactile cones at signal controlled crossings are working properly.
• Carrying out an audit of disabled bay and parking space usage in the town centre and working with partners to ensure that restrictions on their use are properly enforced
• Working with Penzance BID, the Town Deal Board and other partners to introduce a Shop Mobility scheme** ( this is not part of the trial scheme)

“We have had a very positive response from local businesses to the changes introduced to the original proposals to meet their concerns “ said Jessica Morris, Penzance BID Manager. “Overall representatives of the disability groups are in support of the wider scheme and what it is trying to achieve and we have invited them to visit the site with us in September, once the restrictions have come into operation, to see how it is all working.

“We are pleased they have welcomed our commitment to work towards the re-instatement of the shop mobility scheme, and for their support for the plans to provide additional crossings on Western Promenade Road and the introduction of a 20 mph zone in future phases of the project . We share their ambition to provide accessible facilities for all and will be continuing to work with them as this, and other schemes in the town, are developed. “

Following confirmation of the proposals for the first phase of the scheme, a formal notice outlining the full details will be published in the local paper on 28 August, with the restrictions coming into operation on Thursday, 3 September.

Further work is continuing on developing the second and third phases of the scheme -Western promenade access restrictions and the introduction of a 20mph town centre zone including Alexandra Road – following feedback from local residents. As the two schemes are complimentary it is currently planned to introduce them as a single phase in October rather than in two separate phases. Further details will be provided as the schemes are developed.

“The Healthy Streets concept, which is being used in towns and major cities across the world, is that “a street that works for people is a street that is good for health ” said Rachel Yates, from Sustainable Penzance. “We want to create a place where everyone feels welcome and relaxed, where traffic levels are reduced and people can walk and cycle safely while enjoying clean air. We need to see a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions over the next five years and this scheme also fits with Penzance and Cornwall Council commitments to promote green and active travel under their climate action plans to help Cornwall become carbon neutral by 2030.

“The introduction of this first phase of Healthy Streets PZ is a major milestone in our plans to create a sustainable and thriving Penzance by starting to provide a town which is truly accessible for all “.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Cornwall Council is keen to support and enable this community led scheme to promote green travel, reduce carbon emissions and help revitalise the town. We are all working together to help tackle the climate emergency and improve the environment for everyone.”

 

Market Jew Street Penzance

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Next Steps in Developing Healthy Streets PZ

11 August 2020

Penzance is developing plans to make the town more pedestrian friendly as part of a bold new vision to tackle the climate emergency, attract new investment and businesses, and boost the local economy.

The first stage of a wider ambition to make Penzance a thriving place for the future, Healthy Streets PZ aims to reduce through traffic and encourage more people to leave the car at home by creating pedestrianised areas in the town centre, developing new accessible routes, promoting walking and cycling and providing other more sustainable forms of transport.

Developed by Cornwall Council in partnership with Penzance Council, Penzance BID and Sustainable Penzance, the trial scheme will be delivered in three main phases over the next 12 months.

As the scheme is being implemented under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) process, any parts which are not working as expected can be modified at any time during the trial. Members of the public can give their views throughout the trial period, with all comments taken into account before a decision is made on a permanent scheme.

Following some concerns from the local business community over the impact of introducing the new measures during the peak summer season, work on the first phase – to pedestrianise Market Jew Street – will now begin in the first week of September. The remaining phases to modify the Branwells Mill gyratory system and reduce traffic on Western Promenade Road, and extend the 20mph zone, will be introduced later in the scheme to minimise disruption.

Changes have also been made to the proposed timing of the introduction of the traffic restrictions in Market Jew Street. As a result they are now due to come into operation at 11am rather than at 10 am. As well as providing more flexibility for deliveries in the town centre, this later start time will provide more time for blue badge holders to access the town centre to do their shopping or carry out other essential business.

“Although this is a trial scheme we wanted to make sure that we listened to the concerns of local stakeholders while preparing the initial draft proposals “ said Councillor Nicole Broadhurst, the Mayor of Penzance.

Details of the proposals are still being developed, with officers from Cornwall Council’s transport department due to meet with representatives of local disability groups before a final scheme is agreed.

“ We know that local people are very keen to see details of the scheme“ said Penzance BID Manager Jessica Morris. “I share their eagerness but we need to make sure that it meets the needs of people with mobility issues and those living in rural areas, as well as local businesses. This means giving these groups the opportunity to discuss the proposals and help shape the final scheme. “

Once the scheme has been finalised, full details and plans will be published on the Healthy Streets PZ section on the Love Penzance website: This is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.

The website will then be kept updated with all the latest information about the scheme. There will also be a contact form for members of the public to ask questions and provide feedback on the scheme.

“Healthy Streets PZ is an exciting first step in a longer journey to regenerate our local economy at the same time as tackling climate crisis and ensuring a sustainable future for the town “ said Rachel Yates, from Sustainable Penzance. “We have seen growing calls from local residents to reduce traffic dominance to support the health, well-being and vitality of Penzance, with widespread public support for proposals to pedestrianise areas such as Market Jew Street and the Promenade received during last year’s Penzance Expo and Neighbourhood Plan consultation.

“By using pedestrianisation measures to support social distancing and a sustainable recovery, this trial will not only help us manage the immediate challenges presented by Covid 19, it will also help us start to deal with the wider challenges of creating a truly accessible town for all and reducing carbon emissions and air pollution in response to the climate emergency” .

Cornwall Council is promoting green and active travel under its climate change action plan to help Cornwall become carbon neutral by 2030.

Cornwall’s portfolio holder for transport Councillor Geoff Brown said: “Not only will this innovative trial scheme provide residents with more opportunities for green travel and encourage them to enjoy outdoor environment, it will also help revitalise the town centre.

“This is a great example of how Cornwall Council is supporting and facilitating community schemes to reduce carbon emissions and how we can join forces to help tackle the climate emergency together and improve the environment for everyone.

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Transport Trial Contact

Postal enquiries for the Healthy Streets PZ can be sent to:

Healthy Streets PZ

Engineering Design Group

Cormac Solutions Ltd

Murdoch Building

Western Group Centre

Radnor Road

Scorrier

Redruth TR16 5EH