A NEWQUAY motorist said she was "left speechless" by Cornwall Council parking restrictions in place at a popular beauty spot near Watergate Bay.
Kate Griffiths pulled in at the lay-by down the hill from Trebelzue on Saturday, February 8 to watch the huge waves crashing against the rocks from a safe distance with her two children.
Having stayed at the spot for no longer than ten minutes, Mrs Griffiths said she was "amazed" when she heard a knock on her car window.
"I unwound the window and was greeted by a council official who told me I wasn't allowed to stop there and told me to move on immediately.
"I questioned this as I was clearly in the lay-by, but apparently the council has put double yellow lines down and no-one is allowed to stop there. I was left absolutely speechless at the stupidity of it all," she said.
Mrs Griffiths said she understood that some people may misuse the lay-by as free parking for long periods of time, but suggested the council should restrict waiting times to 30 minutes to allow people to enjoy the views from the vantage point.
"If this is not changed I fear that it may cause many accidents as people will continue to admire the view while driving down the steep and windy hill," she said.
"It seems to me that rather than making Cornwall more accessible to locals and visitors, the council is doing its utmost to literally drive people away.
Cornwall Council's highways department said: "We carry out regular patrols and will deal with any vehicles contravening restrictions along the route of the patrol.
"In recent weeks increased patrols have been required in coastal areas due to the need to check that coastal car parks are in a safe condition."
Last year, motorists hit out at "overzealous" traffic wardens who issued tickets to cars parked on double yellow lines in the same lay-by above Watergate Bay.
Mark Bracey from Truro said:"Is it really right that we should penalise people in such a way? Surely people should be encouraged to go to the beach?"