Council criticised for parking charges

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 November 2012

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Controversial parking charges at two Topsham car parks will remain in place, after Exeter City Council ignored calls to reverse them.

Charges at the Matthews Hall and Topsham Quay car parks were dramatically raised last year when they were reclassified as short stay car parks, provoking outrage from businesses.

Topsham city councillor Margaret Baldwin had hoped to persuade the council’s executive to reverse its decision on Topsham Quay when the city’s charges came up again for annual review, but was unsuccessful.

She said: “I still maintain the tariff structure and charges are too high in Topsham when compared with similar out-of-town centre car parks in Exeter.

“The council’s decision is purely financial and they will not listen to the voice of the local community.

“ECC relies heavily on car park charges to boost their income and while a car park is continuing to bring in sufficient revenue there will be no change.”

There was some good news for motorists, who will enjoy cheaper rates at two Topsham car parks after the council approved reduced charges. An hour’s parking at Holman Way and Tappers Close will now be available for 60p, with the previous lowest charge being 80p for two hours.

The council also agreed to look at Cllr Baldwin’s request to improve signage in the town, to help direct visitors to the most suitable car park.

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