Park and ride for Exmouth?

PUBLISHED: 16:30 23 July 2015

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A district councillor from Exmouth has thrown his support behind the idea of a park and ride facility being created for the town - if the Dinan Way link plans are given the green light.

Devon County Council’s (DCC) public consultation into a proposed extension of Dinan Way ended last week.

The road, which would link up with the A376 Exeter Road, could result in extra traffic coming into Exmouth – placing a strain on parking in the town.

District councillor Mark Williamson believes a park and ride could deal with the extra parking demand.

He said: “I think, ideally, it would be useful because it would help to make the town centre shopping experience more attractive.

“If you look at park and ride schemes in larger towns, they have proved very popular.

“We want to try and get people into the centre of Exmouth as well as onto the beach.”

He added that any future plans for a park and ride would have to go through feasibility tests to see if it would work for Exmouth.

During a public consultation in 2010, Exmouth residents suggested they would be behind a park and ride for the town. One of the suggestions was a park and ride scheme being created at Tesco in Salterton Road.

People living in some areas of Exmouth have become disillusioned with over-crowded parking in the town.

A Facebook campaign earlier this year resulted in residents from The Colony parking their cars in Marine Way.

People living in the area had become frustrated with visitors parking outside their properties.

An emergency parking restriction order was put in place in Marine Way as a temporary solution.

There are also concerns that, when East Devon District Council (EDDC) relocates part of its operations to Exmouth, parking will become even more difficult.


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