Exmouth parking anger
PUBLISHED: 11:11 10 December 2011
A Withycombe woman has hit out at county parking chiefs after her car was ticketed as she took her daily early morning stroll before work.
Each year, Dawn Carter, 49, of Moorfield Road, has taken advantage of free parking on the seafront after September to take a walk before she starts work in The Crusty Cob in The Strand.
But, from earlier this year county-run spaces on the seafront, previously free in the winter, are now pay and display.
To add to the confusion many, but not all, district council-run car parks remain free over the winter.
She said: “I always look forward to the end of September not because all the visitors leave, but because I can park on the seafront and enjoy a short stroll on my way to work.
She said: “Today I parked, but when I returned I was faced with a parking fine.
“I did not even consider that the parking was no longer free after September. But, suffice to say, I was not happy.
“Who decided that we should pay to park in the winter when there is nothing to do but enjoy a stroll?”
The change in the rules, say county chiefs, came into affect on April 1, 2011, and a Devon County Council (DCC) spokesman said: “Pay and display is designed to turnover spaces to the benefit of local businesses and, as Exmouth is now busy all year round, charges are required to ensure spaces are available for visitors to the area.
“The winter charges are half that of the summer and it brings Exmouth into line with other towns around the county that have charges applied all year, such as Dawlish and Teignmouth. All charges are reviewed on an annual basis.”
A district council (EDDC) spokesman said: “EDDC’s car parks at Queen’s Drive Echelon, Foxholes and Maer Road remain free of charge in the winter.
“So maybe Ms Carter and other readers would like to take advantage of these spaces, which have an EDDC pay station nearby to help distinguish them from the DCC paid spaces, which have a DCC pay station.”