Minutes of Marazion Covid Coordination Forum ‘Zoom’ conference #32
8.00pm Wednesday 24th February 2021
|Present||Town Mayor Derek Laity (Chair); Deputy Mayor William Collins; Cllr. Gabbie Reynolds (Marazion Town Council); Julia Greig (All Saints Church); Paul Elliott (Marazion Chamber of Commerce); Jenny Rainbow (Marazion School);Mike Kearon (Marazion Covid Support Group); Rev. Paul Benney (Methodist);|
|Apologies||Jackie Brown (Marazion Surgery);|
|Minutes||Minutes of meeting 17th February approved for circulation|
|Marazion Town Council||DL said the election dilemma remained unresolved – awaiting official guidance
Although schools will re-open to all pupils on 8th March, all present agreed the town playgrounds should remain closed until 29th March.
GR highlighted problems with dog mess around town and invited JR to ask children to design a poster to warn dog owners. Prizes would be an Easter egg for the posters selected.
JR to include in school newsletter
|MzCSG||MK Said Gordon, his last shopping regular’ was now sorted and he had assisted set up a referral to social services||
|Marazion Surgery||JB unable to attend – no update other than vaccinations were continuing at a pace.|
|Marazion Churches||JG said the church hall would be re-opened for hire from 19thApril starting with a craft fair on that date.
A new curate called Sophie would be joining in June or July.
PB said the Methodists churches hoped to re-open for Hold Week (Easter), but would remain closed until then with zoom meetings ongoing.
|Marazion School||JR said Mz school would re-open to all pupils from 8th March as per PM’s direction.
The school would re-open using the tried and tested ‘Autumn’ practices and procedures in learning bubbles.
Returning children would be assessed and if there was a need for catch up there would be a possibility of 1:1 sessions with the child and parent at home via zoom in addition to the 1:1 sessions already established in the school day and after school.
|Chamber of Commerce||PE has chased up Katies Hot pots for the Christmas invoice.
PE checked out the Captains House which was occupied during lockdown – the owner was staying there to self isolate having returned from fathers funeral in Sth Africa (2 days before hotel quarantine rules applied).
PE referred to PM’s 4 step phased road map to recovery which meant that travel was relaxed from 29th March, but there could be no overnight stays before 12th April (at the earliest).
This effectively removed tourists from the Easter week holidays.
Some self catering properties with shared entrances of public areas and all B&B’s & Hotels cannot re-open until 17th May.
All retail and ‘outdoor hospitality’ could open from 12th April. Indoor hospitality would be from 17th May.
Details of what can and cannot be done from 8th March are found at: National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
PE had meeting with Harvey Thomas re car park arrangements – a useful FAQ letter had since been produced via the Town Clerk (replicated below) which outlines new arrangements.
Car Park Changes Frequently Asked Questions
What are the changes?
The Estate is now moving to a fully automated system across all of its car parks (The Godolphin, Slipway, Folly Field and Overflow) with an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) as opposed to collecting payment on the gate.
How does it work?
The ANPR system will rely on cameras to capture number plates and record the dwell time of any car park user. The user will then have the ability to pay for their stay by phone, card, cash or app. An app payment can be taken in advance with a ticket “activated” on entry. Parking Charge Notices (issued when a user does not pay or stays beyond the duration of their ticket) will be managed by a third party, Initial Parking Limited.
Are you changing your pricing structure?
Yes. Previously our charges were a flat rate (£5 in Slip Way and The Godolphin car parks and £4.50 in Folly Field).
We will now have two different car parking offers
1. Short Stay Marazion – The Godolphin and Slipway car parks. These car parks will now have a maximum stay of 3 hours and a tiered pricing structure for a 1 hour, 2 hour and 3 hour stay.
Tariffs will start at £1.50.
2. St Michael’s Mount & Long Stay Marazion – Folly Field and Overflow. Again, these car parks will have a tiered pricing structure starting at 1 hour, but will also accommodate multiday stays (but no overnight camping/sleeping within vehicles). Tariffs will start at £1.
When will charging commence?
Charing will commence when the signage has been installed which we expect to be by 12th March.
What do you think the benefits will be?
We believe that:
A. A short stay car park will better support the businesses in the town.
B. A designated long stay and St Michael’s Mount visitor car park will reduce congestion in and around The Godolphin and Slipway car parks. St Michael’s Mount visitors will be directed to the St Michael’s Mount car park at the point of purchasing their online ticket.
C. Taking the point of payment away from the entrance of the Folly Field and after a user has parked their car, will reduce congestion on the West End road and adjacent to Godolphin Estate. Previously, the manual collection of monies created a queue onto the public highway.
D. Clearer signage to prevent people getting lost and causing congestion through town
E. Remove the need for a user to do a u-turn opposite the Godolphin Estate and causing danger to other road users
How can I pay?
Payment can be made by phone, app, card or cash.
Can I “top up” my time if I have stayed too long?
Yes. You can add time to your ticket before leaving the car park.
Can I buy a ticket in advance?
Yes. You can buy a ticket in advance through the Just Park app and it will not activate until you enter the car park
Are you still offering residents passes?
We have increased the number of resident and business annual permits that we offer
Why has the Marazion residents and business permit parking location changed?
We are relocating the permit holders’ parking to the Folly Field. The current permit holder car park will become the St Michael’s Mount residents’ car park. The current St Michael’s Mount residents’ car park within Manor Office will now be used by the Estate’s building team, Cornish Heritage Builders and their contractors, as well as St Michael’s Mount operational vehicles. This will free up the Manor Office lawn so that it can be reseeded and repaired.
Are the car parks open 24 hours a day?
The St Michael’s Mount and Long Stay Marazion car park will be open 24 hours a day providing access for resident and business permit holders and users who are staying in holiday cottages.
Can users camp?
No. There is no overnight camping or sleeping in vehicles. This will be monitored by our car park stewards with Parking Charge Notices levied for breaches.
Will you still have staff in the car parks?
While we won’t have staff collecting money, we will have car park stewards and mainland guides in the car parks.
Is there a free period?
A user has 30 minutes to enter the car park and leave before a Parking Charge Notice is raised.
What works are happening?
We are carrying out repairs to the surface to make it level and safer for all users and installing timber posts and rails as markers for cars to park, similar in style to National Trust car parks. The Folly Field will have coastal flower beds added throughout.
New signage will be installed throughout to help the user. No tarmac will be installed. In time it is our hope to add bike parks and, subject to the relevant permissions, electric car charging points.
Is the Beach Box changing?
The Beach Box is being painted and the food offer will grow.
Will there be disabled parking?
Yes, all car parks will have disabled car parking throughout.
Will the changes impact the playground or the Folly Field adjacent?
No, the changes do not impact the playground or the adjacent Folly Field.
|Next Meeting||Next Zoom meeting at 8.00pm on Wednesday 10th March