New twist in campaign to keep car park free

09:00 17 August 2014

Archant

Budleigh traders are hoping the fight to save the town’s free car park may not yet be lost, after reaching out to its original owners for help.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) decided last month that it would turn the Upper Station Road car park into a pay and display car park, despite strong opposition from businesses.

Now, however, there is some hope that traders may be able to force a rethink, after 48 of them wrote to Lord Clinton, whose Clinton Devon Estates, together with EDDC and Budleigh Salterton Town Council, is party to covenants which prevent a business being run on the car park.

Following the traders’ letter, a spokesman for Clinton Devon Estates said: “Our lawyer has written to East Devon District Council to seek further clarification regarding the council’s proposals for the future of the Upper Station Road car park.”

The car park site was previously bequeathed by the Clinton family to the town’s old urban district council, passing to EDDC when local government was reorganised in the 1970s.

In their letter to Lord Clinton, traders wrote: “On behalf of the High Street and the people of Budleigh Salterton, we are writing to you to appeal for your help to retain the free use of the land generously bequeathed by your family for the free use of the people of the town.

“Your family’s kind gift of the land which includes Station Road car park has enabled business staff members, local residents without parking facilities, and visitors to park safely and close to the town and not on the overcrowded residential streets, or on the High Street.

“The decision… to arbitrarily remove its free status against the wishes of the town’s people and your family’s intent will remove the last free long term car park and create parking chaos, deterring visitors and local shoppers and create another cost for the local businesses in reimbursing or losing staff.”

Trader Mike Clarke, who organised the letter with Angela Yarwood, said: “We believe the letter was well received, and therefore can only hope that the campaign is not lost.

“We will continue to put pressure on EDDC in any way we can.”

An EDDC spokesman said: “We can confirm that we are in correspondence with Clinton Devon Estates.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

06:30
Becky Thornton, pictured in Nepal with one of the people she helped through her volunteering.

A Woodbury teenager is raising funds for the victims of the Nepal earthquake, having been volunteering in the country when the disaster struck.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Bicton Street residents ensured their road looked blooming lovely for the South West in Bloom judges this week. Ref exe 4567-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Bicton Street has been turned into a blaze of colour after neighbours joined forces to enter South West in Bloom.

Read more
Fri, 16:30
Members of EDDC's Streetscene team investigating the sink hole on Exmouth beach

A permanent sign will be erected to warn people to stay away from the area of a sink hole which keeps reappearing on Exmouth beach.

Read more
Fri, 14:35
Exmouth Visitor's Guide 2015/2016

The free Exmouth Visitors’ Guide 2015/2016 has been released, and is now available at the town hall and Tourist Information Service.

Read more
Fri, 14:31
Martin Budd with his son Nathan will be joining around 25,000 other cyclists taking part in the 100 miles charity ride from the Olympic Park, out through Surrey and finishing on the Mall. Martin who celebrates his 50th birthday this weekend is riding for Sense while Nathan is raising moiney for CHSW. Ref exe 5892-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

An Exmouth father and son are preparing to emulate the heroes of London 2012 in a 100-mile charity cycle hallenge.

Read more
Fri, 14:10
Vote

People are being asked if they think changes should be made to the number of polling stations in Exmouth - and if they are the right places.

Read more
Fri, 12:55
Queens Drive Exmouth masterplan

District bosses have pledged to look ‘carefully’ at plans to build seafront flats just metres from where an ice-cream kiosk was washed into the sea.

Read more
Fri, 12:30
Robin Burne and Richard Greetham, pictured having completed their London to Paris cycle challenge.

A Budleigh estate agent is celebrating after completing a marathon charity cycle challenge.

Read more
Fri, 10:33
Bystock pond. By Geoff Martin

Bystock Pools beauty spot is on the cusp of being safeguarded for future generations, after a wildlife charity raised the £50,000 needed to buy the site.

Read more
Fri, 10:12

Fire crews were called out yesterday evening (Thursday) to a gorse fire at Orcombe Point.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 17°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

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

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition


Exmouth's trusted business finder