District council to consult on changes to Exmouth residents parking
PUBLISHED: 12:04 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:07 01 February 2018
East Devon District Council is set to decide whether to consult residents and businesses on proposals to change the way parking permits are issued.
Some residents in Exmouth could lose out on their parking privileges if district council plans go ahead.
According to East Devon District Council (EDDC) agenda papers, its £40-per-year resident parking permit scheme could be cut as part of a district-wide review.
This scheme currently applies to residents who live close to the Camperdown Terrace and Underhill car parks - in Exmouth and Lympstone respectively.
According to the agenda report, the scheme is ‘uneconomic to maintain and bureaucratic to administrate’.
The agenda papers for the cabinet meeting, on Wednesday (January 7), also suggest that changes could be made to town/area permits too.
Currently, residents can buy a permit allowing them to park in all EDDC car parks in the Exmouth, Lympstone and Budleigh Salterton area for £134 a year.
The council is proposing to end this scheme, replacing it with a single town or village permit.
This would allow them or park in EDDC car parks in either Exmouth or Lympstone or Budleigh Salterton – but not all three.
District council officers are recommending that cabinet agrees to consult residents and businesses on the proposals.
EDDC councillor Tom Wright, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “In this review we are being careful to try to balance the needs of our residents alongside the demand for parking from visitors and to consider the impact of any changes on our local businesses.
“We will continue to offer the rate of 50p per half hour and £1 per hour in our busy and most popular car parks, a charge that has remained unchanged since 2010.”
The council is also looking at increasing the tariff at Underhill Car Park.
According to the agenda, the cost of a 30-minute stay will go up from 20p to 50p, while the hourly rate could increase from 40p to £1.
The maximum stay of 24 hours, currently costing £4, is set to go up to £6; however, this would decrease to £3 between November and March.
Cllr Wright added: “We do have a number of car parks with significantly lower tariffs and these need to be reviewed due to increasing demand and a limited supply of parking availability.
“This is a review that will take into account representations from those affected and ward members.”
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