What can be done to solve Exmouth’s car parking problems?

Car parking in the Colonies in Exmouth. Photo: Paul Strange. Car parking in the Colonies in Exmouth. Photo: Paul Strange.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
5:14 PM

EXMOUTH’s car parking conundrums continue.

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It’s been estimated that during the last four years around 40 short-stay car parking spaces have been lost from the town centre, many as a result of The Strand redevelopment.

Last summer more car parking was lost when some bays on Imperial Road were converted into bus and coach-only spaces.

And with no free parking on the seafront during the winter and seemingly more cars chasing fewer spaces, parking in the town centre is at a premium, especially on Saturdays and overnight.

Amid calls – from Taylor Made Nails – for two-hour free parking slots on Exeter Road to encourage people to use the shops in the area, we asked local people for their views.

From a multi-storey car park to residents’ parking zones, putting parking bays end-on and banning commercial vehicles from parking overnight, there were plenty of ideas and comment.

“We’re always fighting for somewhere to park, so they need to do something about it,” said Mrs Lynne Thackray, 62, from Exmouth. “I used to live on the Colonies, so I know what it’s like. I’m unsure what the solution is. A multi-storey car park somewhere?”

“A multi-storey could help,” said Hannah Williams, 27 from Ebford. “And maybe residents’ parking zones. They’ve paid to live here so they should be able to park here.”

“I think people could use the Imperial Road car park more,” said Cathy Hodnett, 49, from Exmouth’s Henley Road. “It has more places in it.

“Residents’ parking zones would be a good idea for some of the streets that are close to the centre of the town.”

“I suggested to the town council that they should put parking bays end-on to give more bays,” said William Duncan, 70, from the Colonies. “And stop commercial vehicles from parking.”

Mr and Mrs Duncan said that the main problem in the Colonies was car parking overnight. There had been some discussion ‘years ago’ about residents’ parking zones for the area, but nothing was ever agreed. And extending the Exeter Road parking bays from half hour to two hours ‘wouldn’t make any odds at night’.

Mrs Ralph, 37 from Budleigh Salterton, thought extending the Exeter Road bays was a good idea, but was undecided on residents’ car parking zones.

“It depends on whether you’re a resident or a shopper,” she said. “If there was adequate parking for shoppers, then I think that a residents’ area should be for residents.”

Linda Warner, 38, who lives near the Maer, thought some bays in the Colonies could be reserved for residents, “but then it’s not helpful for people, like myself, who are dropping their child for a nursery. But then it’s not fair either on other people who are parking down here to go in to town all day”.

She felt the Exeter road parking bays should be reviewed.

“Maybe an hour would be better, so that people can pop in to the shops.”

Delia Pemberton, 59, from Exmouth, thought improved public transport was the answer. “An extra bus stop or two along Exeter Road would be helpful,” she said. “Currently there’s no bus stop between The Park hotel and Greggs on The Parade. Having a bus stop near the library – or along that stretch – would make it easier for people to access the shops and businesses.”

What’s your view? Email: exmouth.letters@archant.co.uk.

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