Parking in Topsham is a ‘top priority’

PUBLISHED: 10:30 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:40 05 January 2016

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Tackling Topsham’s parking problems in 2016 is a ‘top priority,’ says Devon County Council (DCC).

Consultations are planned for mid-January and also in early February at Topsham Rugby Club.

Andrew Leadbetter, Devon county councillor for Topsham, said the results would ‘improve people’s lives’.

Cllr Leadbetter said: “I’m looking forward to presenting the proposal to the residents of Topsham and meeting, as well as talking to them at the exhibitions.

“I’m very keen to hear their views and, hopefully, suggestions on how we can make this an even better scheme, and one that improves the lives of residents, businesses and visitors to Topsham.”

A petition was signed by 2,500 people, calling on Exeter City Council and Devon County Council to tackle parking issues in the town head-on.

The review will decide whether to add parking restrictions or to remove them in areas deemed a problem.

The objectives of the review are to:

● Free up as much on-street parking as possible to benefit residents.

● Encourage a faster turnover of on-street parking to benefit business.

● Encourage longer-term visitors to use off-street car parks.

● Enable enforcement to be undertaken efficiently.

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “A review of parking in Topsham has been identified as a priority, following requests from the community.

“We are currently in the process of organising and finalising the dates for two public exhibitions in the new year and the dates when the public consultation will start and finish.

“All feedback from the consultation will be considered in order to inform any future proposals, which will look to strike a balance and meet the needs of shoppers, residents and visitors.

“The details of the public consultations will be revealed in the new year.”

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