Saturday, December 7, 2013
A raft of special car park deals for Exmouth shoppers in the run-up to Christmas are being planned in a ‘compromise’ to business demands for free parking.
Last week the Journal reported that business leaders asked district bosses to scrap their biggest money spinner – car parking charges – and pay for it by increasing council tax.
The Association of East Devon Chambers of Commerce (AEDCC) believes the move would attract more visitors, boost high street shopping and benefit the regional economy.
But this week district chiefs have announced a raft of pre-Christmas parking deals including the chance to win a ‘Golden Ticket’ worth three months’ free parking placed in ticket machines.
And East Devon District Council (EDDC) has also decided not to increase hourly pay and display parking charges for the fourth consecutive year.
On ‘Small Business Saturday’ on December 7 all pay and display car parks in East Devon will cost a maximum of just £2 a day with the ticket valid for re-use in any other district car park for that day.
While the maximum daily charge in low tariff car parks, including Underhill car park in Lympstone, will be just £1.
Councillor Iain Chubb, EDDC’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We know our local businesses are increasingly having to compete with both online and out-of-town shopping alternatives.
“East Devon’s Chambers of Commerce asked us to offer free of charge parking in our town centre car parks in the run-up to Christmas, but we have instead come up with a compromise.
“We are, however, proud to say that in these challenging financial times we have already made a commitment not to increase our basic hourly pay and display parking charges for the fourth consecutive year.”