Friday, February 8, 2013
Budleigh councillors have, in principle, backed some changes to parking in the town and on Marine Parade.
Campaigners against Marine Parade parking collected 1,270 signatures, objecting to the meters which have been in use since September last year, year-round parking charges and ‘over-zealous’ traffic wardens.
They say it is affecting business, visitor numbers and have a list of demands including having the meters removed.
County councillor Christine Channon last week said she would back some aspects of the campaign.
These include ensuring that traffic wardens stick to the rules when they issue parking tickets in the town, extending the minimum parking on Marine Parade to four hours and not charging for seafront parking outside of the peak season.
Mayor Courtney Richards said: “Councillor Channon will pick up these points. Parking wardens seem to be working outside their code and are spending more time in Budleigh....
“Extending the waiting time on the seafront is sensible and so is having another look at seasonal parking.”
Councillor Alan Jones said: “I think what you suggest is a good idea and a way forward.”
Cllr Alan Dent added it was ‘commonsense’.