East Devon constituency: Readers’ questions answered - Exmouth parking
PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:42 20 April 2015
East Devon constituency candidates for the General Election answer readers’ questions
Parking for residents in Exmouth is a nightmare and with the prospect of East Devon District Council (EDDC) officers clogging up the streets and only two town centre car parks, what is the solution?
Andrew Chapman (UKIP)
Whatever the answer is, it is not to build another supermarket on an existing car park. There is no joined up thinking in our local council structure any longer. EDDC and Devon County Council have become delivery agents for Westminster’s Brussels-based directives, and until we get back control of our own council structures, East Devon has no power to decide anything – sensible or otherwise
Stuart Mole (Liberal Democrats)
Estuary regeneration plans must mean more parking spaces, and not less, while retaining the flexibility of plenty of ‘limited waiting’ on-street parking in the town centre. Surely it is time to refurbish the tired old Magnolia Shopping Centre, along with a revamped multi-level (though only two-storey high) London Inn car park, off Albion Hill. We should end the division between county and district parking providers so as to allow the issue of common season tickets. EDDC must provide for their staff if relocation to Exmouth happens. Don’t cut the bus service!
Stephen Race (Labour)
Parking is one of the main issues that is raised with me when I call to meet people. There’s a particular problem with the residential streets closest to the train station, and I’ve written to Devon County Council to ask that they look again at polling residents on the introduction of residents’ parking. Throughout the town, it’s important that we encourage visitors to use public transport to enjoy the town where possible, but otherwise more reasonably priced parking needs to be introduced to ensure that residents aren’t inconvenienced, while tourists are encouraged to continue visiting.
Hugo Swire (Conservative)
All the staff coming to the town hall from EDDC will only be replacing the 70 employees of Devon County Council who have vacated it. But I agree, parking is a problem in Exmouth. That’s why I’m supportive of Conservative plans to allow a 10-minute grace period for drivers when parked in a council-owned car park or on an on-street parking space so they’re not fined for arriving late to their car. I also welcome our plans to allow local residents and businesses to petition the council to review their parking policies to make sure they are supporting local businesses and high streets.
Claire Wright (Independent)
Because the EDDC Conservatives forced their proposals to move, before the election, parking will become even more difficult.
Local businesses say that parking is inadequate and expensive. EDDC officers will occupy some spaces intended for shoppers so businesses will be damaged. Workers parking in nearby streets, already causing difficulties for residents, will worsen.
Before EDDC move, a park-and-ride scheme and plans for their officers to work from home must be devised. If elected, I would press for a parking forum for residents and traders, so that all their views were properly considered.