Colony parking issue could 'erupt' soon - but county council say permits are at least 12 months away
PUBLISHED: 15:35 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:56 11 May 2018
Parking misery is set to continue in The Colony area of Exmouth after county council bosses revealed householders face a wait of at least another year for a permit scheme.
More than 100 people have signed a petition calling for parking privileges to be introduced for residents of an area which has been a popular parking haven for commuters and shoppers for years.
Nick Lowthian, of Salisbury Road, whose wife Lynsey launched the petition, says tensions between residents and opportunistic motorists could ‘erupt’ and there is going to be a ‘massive bust-up’ if action is not taken soon.
Devon County Council (DCC) says it is aware of the issue and could launch a public consultation ‘at the end of the financial year’ in April 2019.
Nick, 48, who has lived in The Colony area for 20 years, said: “People are becoming really annoyed.
“They’re trying to do their shopping on a Saturday and they can’t even park near their house.
“There’s going to be a massive bust-up over this – it’s going to erupt and there’s going to be consequences out of it.
“I finish work at around 10 or 11 at night and sometimes I end up parking on double yellow lines and wake up the next morning to a fine.
“I would love to be able to take my car shopping on a Saturday morning, knowing that I could come back and park.
“I park up on a Friday and I don’t move my car again until Monday morning.
“If someone said to me I could have a spot outside my house for £500 a year, I would pay for it.”
In response, a DCC spokesman said: “We are aware of some interest in The Colony for a residents’ parking scheme.
“However, before putting forward any proposals, Devon County Council would first need to assess the potential demand for such a scheme with the community.
“There is potential for an initial consultation to be undertaken towards the end of the financial year to allow residents to make an informed decision on whether residents’ parking would be supported.”
Anyone wanting to sign up to the petition should go to https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/residentsparkingcolonies