Changes make Exmouth car park ‘worse than before’, says boat owner

PUBLISHED: 13:09 26 June 2017

Camperdown Terrace car park

Camperdown Terrace car park

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Concerns have been raised about whether work to extend an Exmouth car park frequented by boat users has left them worse off.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) said that improvements to the Camperdown Terrace car park would include parking for almost 30 cars with trailers.

However, these are not dedicated bays, as were provided previously, but rely on cars with trailers parking in two regular bays end on end – and paying double price accordingly.

Exmouth boat owner Ash Elvin said this had led to problems, with cars parking in alternate bays making it difficult for boat owners to find two free bays end to end.

He also says an area allocated for unhitched trailers has been seen occupied by cars, and that these spaces are in any case too small for some boat trailers.

The council says the car park has been designed to be as flexible as possible, and the trailer compound will be kept under review.

Ash said: “They made it seem like it was going to be brilliant for people with trailers and boats.

“They said it would be great as there would be 30 spaces for cars with trailers and they have not done what they said they were going to do, which I find frustrating because it’s worse than it was before.”

An EDDC spokesperson said: “There are 30 spaces where cars can park with hitched trailers, although to make the car park as flexible as possible these spaces are not solely for this use.”

The spokesperson said the old car park’s double-length bays cost £6 for up to five hours and £10 for five to 24 hours, adding: “These bays were often unused when all single bays were full, which is why the parking arrangements are now more flexible.”

The spokesperson added that the car tariff now is a maximum of £6 for up to 24 hours, so a car and hitched trailer in two bays would cost £12.

They added: “Free parking for unhitched trailers is a flexible arrangement, which we will be keeping under review, and if necessary we will adjust the size of the compound to accommodate the demand.”

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