Budleigh Salterton escapes council car parking price hikes

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 September 2018

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Budleigh Salterton’s council car parks look set to escape parking fee price hikes under new proposals due for discussion next week.

The town’s car parks came under the spotlight earlier this year through East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) review of parking charges.

After months of public consultation, the district council has hinted it is likely to scrap a proposal to introduce a single town or village permit, costing £134. Earlier this year Budleigh businesses feared replacing the current area three-town parking permit, also £134, with a single area fee would put a strain on town trade because motorists would choose to buy a permit for Exmouth parking.

The council is also proposing that Budleigh and Exmouth ‘need to be covered jointly’ by one permit.

EDDC has proposed to retain the current town and area options and introduce fresh alternatives, including basic permits, rising to a maximum of £200 for an all-car-parks permit.

This would be valid in Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Sidmouth, Sidford, Seaton, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Axminster, Colyton, Beer and Lympstone. Hourly parking charges at Budleigh’s council car parks, Rolle Mews, Lower Station Road and Lime Kiln are likely to remain at the current rates for the eighth year running.

East Devon District Council said it had listened to public concerns about intended changes to parking tariffs and permits. Councillor Geoff Pook, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for asset management, said next Wednesday’s discussions (September 5) would take into account responses from the public consultation.

Cllr Pook said: “The council has listened carefully to what has been said during the public consultation and the cabinet report recommendations reflect the view of the respondents.

“The report explains the proposals to simplify our car parking offer, making both car parking tariffs and car parking permits fairer throughout the district whilst continuing to recognise the different needs and demands of residents and visitors.”

It is proposed Budleigh’s Lime Kiln car park fee should remain at £1 an hour, with a maximum charge of £6, or £3 off-season; Rolle Mews parking charges are expected to stay at £1 per hour, with a maximum charge of £3; Lower Station Road’s parking charges are likely to remain at £1 an hour, with a maximum charge of £10.

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