Budleigh hairdresser brands bad parking a 'shocking abuse' of Brook Road facility

PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 August 2017

Parking in Budleigh. Picture: Racheal Haestier

Parking in Budleigh. Picture: Racheal Haestier

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Photos taken by a Budleigh Salterton hairdresser, angered by 'inconsiderate' parking

Parking in Budleigh. Picture: Racheal HaestierParking in Budleigh. Picture: Racheal Haestier

These photos were taken by a hairdresser from Budleigh Salterton, angered by motorists ‘abusing’ free car spaces with ‘inconsiderate’ parking.

Racheal Haestier, aged 25, of Bedlands Lane, is calling for better monitoring of the district council’s Brook Road car park to deter ‘selfish’ parking.

Racheal, who has previously been fined by East Devon District Council (EDDC) parking enforcement officers for overstaying the two-hour free park period, says a blind eye is being turned to thoughtless motorists.

EDDC said it fines motorists who prevent vehicles parking in adjacent bays.

Parking in Budleigh. Picture: Racheal HaestierParking in Budleigh. Picture: Racheal Haestier

Racheal, whose own car has been compromised by a badly-parked neighbouring vehicle, said: “It’s ridiculous really. The parking enforcement officers don’t seem to notice. If they are going to be so vigilant with people with the timing, they should be vigilant with the car parking spaces.

“There are only a few spaces. It’s only a small car park. It’s completely inconsiderate. Those drivers are only thinking of themselves.

“It’s shocking abuse of the free local car park. On many occasions I have been fined by the local council for overstaying in this car park, by only 20 minutes. I accept this is fair, but when I see things that the council miss on a much bigger scale, it does somewhat annoy me.”

EDDC said it made allowances for minor parking infringements, but issued fines to motorists breaching neighbouring bays.

Parking in Budleigh. Picture: Racheal HaestierParking in Budleigh. Picture: Racheal Haestier

A council spokeswoman said: “We know that our civil enforcement officers will enforce both parking-out-of-a-marked-bay and staying-longer-than-the-maximum-permitted-time contraventions in this car park.

“However, manoeuvring space in this small car park is limited and our policy has always been to make allowances for minor bay marking infringements where they are not actually inconveniencing other customers.

“We would expect all of our civil enforcement officers to 
take enforcement action if they find a vehicle left blatantly straddling a bay marking line, thereby preventing another motorist from parking in the adjacent bay.”

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