Parking views coincide

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2013

Your report on Budleigh Salterton Town Council’s decision not to initiate regular meetings with Budleigh in Business (BiB) concludes by stating ‘It was felt that (traffic) group member Stuart Yerrell already did a good job of putting BiB’s views across’.

This could give the erroneous impression that I am some sort of spokesman for BiB.

It just so happens that on the particular issue of the parking meters in Marine Parade, my views and those of BiB coincide - as they do with those of more than 1,400 other concerned residents.

The idea of a council/business forum is not new.

In 1999, a body called the Budleigh Salterton Joint Business and Council Forum had traffic problems in the High Street high on its agenda.

I was able to help it organise surveys of traffic flows and parking times to bring some facts to what was previously regarded as a topic for personal opinion.

We didn’t solve the High Street’s problems, but the information collected was extremely useful a few years later in showing Devon County Council that their proposal to put parking meters in the High Street was an expensive solution to a non-existent problem.

Whether a similar scientific approach to the Marine Parade situation is possible remains to be seen.

J Stuart Yerrell

Granary Lane

Budleigh Salterton

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