New charges could be introduced for previously free Paviiion Car Park.

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 March 2018

Pavilion Car Park in Exmouth. Ref exe 07-18TI 7664. Picture: Terry Ife

Pavilion Car Park in Exmouth. Ref exe 07-18TI 7664. Picture: Terry Ife

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New charges could be introduced at the currently free-to-use Pavilion Car Park.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) could introduce a pay-and-display system with a concession for users of the LED venue opposite.

The car park is owned by the council, but users of the pavilion have benefitted from a subsidy which kept it free-of-charge.

An agenda report claims monetising the car park could earn the authority ‘between £25,000 and £30,000’ a year.

The name of the car park could also be changed to ‘Beach Gardens Car Park’ so people know it is no longer restricted to Exmouth Pavilion users only.

EDDC is planning to hold a consultation on other changes to parking in the town later this year.

The authority’s scrutiny committee is set to discuss whether to include the proposed charges in the consultation today (Thursday, March 22).

The report states: “Our expectation is that this car park would be in demand because of its convenient location.”

Negotiations have been taking place between EDDC and LED over the car park for more than two years.

In March 2016, a request from LED to repaint the lines at the car park was rejected due to ‘significant’ costs.

Further complaints were made to the council about the deteriorating conditions of the car park in August 2016 and ‘minimal’ repair works were commissioned.

In October last year, it was agreed that EDDC should introduce the charging tariff from Friday, March 30, with an initial offer of refunding up to £2 charges for pavilion customers subject to a minimum spend of £3.50.

The council says that it is entitled to implement the charging tariff in the car park and this has been listed in its car parking order since 2008.

The report adds: “These proposals now ensure that the car park will be maintained to a fit and proper standard, properly enforced, generate an income to pay for maintenance and continue a concession scheme.”

Work to install pay-and-display machines at the car park were commissioned earlier this month.

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