'Parking in Exmouth is like living in London'

PUBLISHED: 06:30 22 June 2016

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Parking in Exmouth has been compared to living in London or Birmingham by angry residents.

Journal readers were responding to a survey on Facebook, asking them where were the worst places to park, writes Daniel Wilkins.

There were more than 40 responses, with many saying The Colony and areas outside schools are hotspots for a lack of parking.

“Colonies by far is the worst place I’ve ever seen, bar central London, Birmingham and Manchester, for parking,” said Billy Kirk on Facebook.

Stuart Grant, of New Street, said he could not park outside his home as spaces were taken by shoppers.

Richard Price wrote that parking in Madeira Villas was so restricted that emergency vehicles had trouble navigating the road.

Kat Hunter said: “We lived on Fore Street and, after 12 months, gave up and moved. It was ridiculous. I worked nights and spent the morning driving around and around trying to park. All I wanted to do was go to sleep and sometimes ended up by Salterton Road.”

Some readers called for residential parking permits to be introduced. Dawn Thompson said: “I’m in New Street and I would be happy to pay for residents’ parking.

“It’s my worst nightmare, after doing a late shift, having to drive around the town looking to park.”

Carrie-Ann Farquharson wrote: “Anywhere around Clarence Road or Windsor Square, especially on Friday nights, is bad.

“The town would definitely benefit from residential parking restrictions. It would also help if Albion Street was resident-restricted.”

Mark Hawkins, of Raleigh Road, said: “We would welcome residents’ parking in Raleigh Road, preferably targeted for the benefit of residents who haven’t dropped their kerbs.”

Stevie Hill felt that residential parking could kill independent shops in the town. He said: “I would like to see half-an-hour parking in the Colonies, unless you have a residential permit.”

Karen Christensen believes a reduction in parking prices would be the solution. She said: “Reduce the parking charges and more people would use the car parks and shops in Exmouth.”

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