Fury in pretty seaside town as beauty spot car park full of ‘more traders than tourists’ | Travel News | Travel

Local councillors in the pretty Cornish town of Falmouth have expressed concern about the number of traders in a local beauty spot. They claim the Pendennis Point car park has become overrun with those hoping to make money from tourists.

Pendennis Point is one of the prettiest beauty spots in Cornwall, attracting thousands of visitors and locals every year to gaze out over the sea.

Due to the significant footfall, some traders have taken to setting up shop near the point or in its car park.

However, concerns have started to be raised about the number of traders attempting to take advantage.

Labour Councillor Debra Clegg expressed their concerns at a Falmouth Town Council meeting of its planning and licensing committee earlier this month.

According to the Falmouth Packet, Cllr Clegg highlighted how they needed clarification on how many pitches were allowed and said there was “an issue” about traders springing up by people not getting a say in them.

Cllr Clegg explained: “We really need clarification on how many pitches are allowed on the site… It’s really confusing as to how many pitches are up there.

“To that end, we’ll have so many people up there trading there won’t be anywhere left to park. We’ve got a bit of an issue, Cornwall Council seem to have all these street traders springing up everywhere and we don’t get a say in it.”

Cllr Clegg’s comments were made in the context of one Mr Wayne Gilbert attending the meeting in the hope of putting a food van of his in the car park. Mr Gilbert explained he applied for a street trader’s licence with Cornwall Council and wished to pitch for a place enjoyed by him and his wife.

Mr Gilbert explained that Cornwall Council had advised him to consult with Falmouth Town Council first, leading to Cllr Clegg’s comments.

Cllr Clegg wasn’t the only person to express criticism at the number of traders with Cllr Eva commenting that he thought there was sufficient trading at the point.

Cllr Eva added that he did not believe there was any more room for trading at the point, whose ring road once formed one of the UK’s earliest street circuits.

Express.co.uk has approached, Councillor Clegg, Falmouth Town Council and Cornwall Council for comment.

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