Anger in Budleigh over parking damage to Green

PUBLISHED: 06:30 29 August 2016

Former Budleigh Salterton Mayor cllr Courtney Richards. Ref exb 7054-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Former Budleigh Salterton Mayor cllr Courtney Richards. Ref exb 7054-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Concerns have been raised about ‘mindless’ motorists who use a popular green space in Budleigh Salterton to park their vehicles.

Trade vehicles have been seen parking in The Green, in Station Road, rather than in the on-street spaces or the three town centre car parks.

As many as six vans have been seen parking on the grass, raising concerns about the damage tyre tracks may cause to the grass.

Former mayor Courtney Richards is calling on residents to continue to do the same to discourage what he calls ‘antisocial’ behaviour.

He said: “It’s just a bit mindless and thoughtless. These guys are coming here to work and there should be enough parking in Station Road and in the free car park.

“It’s doing more and more damage to The Green and it’s not as if there are no alternatives.

“Other people, who work in Budleigh Salterton, are quite happy to put their cars in the car parks and walk to work.

“It is something we want to discourage – I consider it to be antisocial behaviour.”

Earlier this year, Mr Richards had urged residents to take a note of the registration plates of the offending vehicles.

They will then be passed on to East Devon District Council, which owns the land, and officers can take action against offenders.

An EDDC spokesman said: “Parking on the grass verges adjoining The Green at Budleigh is strictly prohibited under byelaws made by East Devon District Council, which owns the green and the verges.

“We ask that people park appropriately in the designated parking areas, which are clearly signed.

“Enforcement action can be taken against offenders but at this stage we are not considering fencing off the area.”

Anyone with information about regular offenders is asked to contact the town clerk, Jo Vanstone, or email carparks@eastdevon.gov.uk


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