Lympstone’s parking condundrum

PUBLISHED: 10:30 09 August 2012

parking

parking

Archant

A permanent solution to Lympstone’s perennial parking problems is being sought.

The first issue is that the 84-space Underhill Crescent carpark, the only one in Lympstone, is always full - often by drivers who do not pay.

And residents who have brought district council permits cannot park.

Graham Martin of Underhill said: “I’ve had a permit for years, but know, even when it is not peak season, I can’t park.

“Many people don’t even pay because they know that aren’t any parking patrols.”

The second problem is that tradesmen and visitors often park in an around Underhill, Underhill Crescent and Underhill Close, making it difficult for elderly residents who need to use their cars.

Resident Diana Letcher said: “We’re told we can’t have double yellow lines because it is a cul-de-sac.

“The police have been very good, but everytime they get here, it’s too late.

“Vans are left here sometimes for weeks on end, while others resent paying for a carpark so they park here.”

Resident Jo Dennison added: “People leave their cars to use to use the cyclepath at weekends.

“A van left overnight blocked my drive – my husband is quite ill and getting to hospital would have been very difficult.”

PCSO Sarah Trayhurn said she can issue fines of up to £30 for obstruction:

“If a car is taxed and insured there is little we can do. But if people physically cannot get into their drives, that is an offence.”

A district council spokesman said they did patrol Lympstone, but were often needed in busier towns.

He added: “However, as a result of this enquiry we would be willing to step up patrols but would request additional intelligence to enable us to target our limited resources to times of the day and days of the week when we would be most effective.”

Deputy parish council chairman Richard Eastley said one of the carpark’s problems was that there were more permits than spaces.

He said if the parish council did take on the carpark he would support a policy of one permit per household.

He added: “But how would we police it? We can’t issue fines.”

Cllr Eastley said they needed another car park: “There isn’t adequate land; what is available is either in private ownership or on a flood plain.

“And how do you pay for it? Not everybody is going to want to subside other people’s parking problems through a rise in the precept.

“The only answer at the moment is to ask people to park with consideration and not to treat any space as their permanent parking space.”

If a vehicle is causing an obstruction call the police on 101. To suggest when parking patrols should occur call the district council on: 01395 516551 or e-mail parkingservices@eastdevon.gov.uk

0 comments

Other News Stories

A weekly class, inspired by a pensioner who is learning to read for the first time, has been launched in Exmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:42

‘Be alert, not alarmed’ is the message coming from police in the wake of the attack in Westminster yesterday (Wednesday)

Read more
Yesterday, 14:24

Behind the lens with Exmouth based photographer - Brian Frost.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:47

Landlords are being urged to come forward if they have family-sized properties that could be used to house vulnerable Syrian refugees.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Exmouth’s new M&S Foodhall is opening its doors to customers next week.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:41

An Exmouth fire crew was called out to free a child locked in a car in Budleigh Salterton yesterday.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:27

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards has warned businesses to be on the lookout for a tool sharpening scam.

Read more
Wed, 15:55

On this week in 1944.

Read more
Wed, 15:04

An Exeter based ecology business has discovered a rare species of bat roosting in East Devon.

Read more
Wed, 14:13

The results of a survey of visitors to Exmouth, carried out last summer, have been published.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications