Cornwall

Cornish lifeboat crew 'to pay for parking'

A crew of a Cornish lifeboat station have said they have been told they can no longer park for free in the council-owned car park while on training sessions.

The crew from Bude said they had an agreement with Cornwall Council to park for free while they were training.

The RNLI said the agreement seemed to be over, but have said their crew members should not have to pay.

Cornwall Council told BBC News the car park discussions were ongoing.

A spokesperson from the RNLI said: "The charity works closely with Cornwall Council with an agreement that any parking tickets issued while the lifeboat crew are responding to a service callout will be withdrawn.

"The volunteers give up a lot of time for the institution including exercises and regular training.

"We hope to work with Cornwall Council to find a solution," they added.

Training sessions take place twice a week and up to 20 vehicles belonging to crew and staff use the car park.

Chris Cloke, operations manager of Bude lifeboat station, said: "The crew are refusing to pay, they are not happy.

"They shouldn't be paying."

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said the discussions were "ongoing".

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