Three-storey car park at London Inn

PUBLISHED: 09:30 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010

PLANS for a three-storey town centre car park which could help breathe life into Exmouth and boost its economy have been backed by the district council. Talks have been held to build the multi-storey car park on the existing London Inn car park site

PLANS for a three-storey town centre car park - which could help breathe life into Exmouth and boost its economy - have been backed by the district council.Talks have been held to build the multi-storey car park on the existing London Inn car park site - a move which East Devon District Council (EDDC) believes would support town centre trade by encouraging shoppers to stay longer.The council has called in consultants to advise on the cost of the project, the effect such a build might have on the existing road system and suitable designs.It is thought the new car park would be double the size of the existing 150-space facility - and cost in the region of £4 million to build. Revenue to the council coffers from charging shoppers to park would more than double from £255,000 to £570,000 a year. The council believes there is a shortage of parking in Exmouth's town centre and thinks the regeneration of the London Inn car park would tie in with any future estuary site development, such as an ASDA supermarket.The discussions are still in their early stages so it is not clear how many vehicles the car park would accommodate, the height and size of the building, or how the three-storey car park would be accessed.Building work would be carried out by the district council.Exmouth deputy mayor Darryl Nicholas said: "This is an exciting development for the town centre and I am delighted to see EDDC taking the lead with this project."We are in real need of additional town centre car parking and increasing the capacity of the London Inn car park has the potential to be a real boost for traders and shoppers throughout the town centre."EDDC is responding to the Programme Board, which has highlighted the importance of addressing the ongoing need for extra parking, independent of any potential development at the bus station."Just like the proposed Strand enhancements, this potential car park is another example of investing in Exmouth to ensure the town centre has a vibrant future."The deputy leader of the district council, Councillor Ray Franklin, said: "This fits in perfectly with the regeneration of Exmouth. "The London Inn car park is always full - you can rarely ever find a space - and this would create double what is there now."It would fit it perfectly if the regeneration of the estuary site and supermarket goes ahead. "It would enable people to shop in the new supermarket and in the speciality shops in the town centre.

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