Village to look into new car park plans

PUBLISHED: 15:25 13 April 2013

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Proposals to create a new car park towards the east end of Lympstone are to be looked into by the parish council.

The plan has been drawn up by Rory Estcot, who owns land south of Longmeadow Road and east of Longbrook Lane.

Mr Estcot wants to turn a barn on the site into a home, but is also proposing that land to the north-east of the site could become a car park, to help alleviate parking problems on Longmeadow Road.

He has asked Lympstone Parish Council for their support in this, and at a meeting this week councillors agreed to form a working party to look into the scheme.

They had been asked to give an indication of if they would support the scheme on the night, but councillors felt this would not be right without public consultation.

Councillor Chris Carter said that although he was personally in favour of more parking, he felt some residents would oppose the scheme, and said: “We can’t say in [this meeting] we are in favour, when we know there will be serious opposition.”

Deputy chairman, Councillor Richard Eastley, said: “I would propose a working party to examine the situation on the ground.”

The scheme is at an early stage, and it is not yet clear who would pay for the car park to be built.

The working party will also examine an offer from East Devon District Council for the parish council to take over the freehold interest for the Underhill car park and toilets.

The parish council previously expressed an interest in the car park three years ago, but is cautious about EDDC’s offer.

Councillor Rob Longhurst said: “I think we need to look at the figures [for the car park] very carefully.”

Parish clerk Tony le Riche said: “We will get the figures from [EDDC] and we need to look at those figures.”

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