Budleigh businesses' anger at loss of street parking

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 December 2016


A former Budleigh Salterton trade leader has warned that planned parking space reductions could lead to more business owners becoming 'disenfranchised'.

Angel Yarwood, former chairman of Budleigh in Business, has raised concerns about a traffic amendment order, which could result in on-street parking reduced in the town.

The Devon County Council proposal would make certain areas, such as the whole of East Terrace and outside St Peter’s Church, designated ‘no waiting’ and ‘no loading’ zones.

Angela Yarwood said traders were becoming disillusioned and felt there was no point fighting such orders.

Steve Whitmore, who owns a jewellery shop in the town, said: “There is really no need for the restrictions in East Terrace. All they are going to do is move the problem somewhere else.”

Parts of Chapel Hill, Fore Street, Leas Road, Little Knowle, Meadow Road, West Hill and Westfield Road would also see a reduction in on-street parking.

County councillor Christine Channon has defended the plans.

She said: “The way people park in East Terrace is very dangerous and thoughtless. There would be many occasions when an ambulance or fire engine could not get past and the residents are concerned.

“This will not remove parking on East Terrace, but control it better.

“The order outside St Peter’s Church is to stop people parking on the double yellow lines and pavement, thus preventing handicapped people from passing by on the pavement or the hearse being unable to access the church.”

The order can be viewed at Budleigh Salterton Library on Mondays, 9.30am to 6pm, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays, 9.30am to 1pm, and Thursdays 9.30am to 5.30pm. Residents have until Friday, December 16, to register any objections at www.devon.gov.uk/traffic-orders

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