Car parking issues discussed in North Devon

Posted on: 14 December 2015

Various changes, amendments and improvements have been agreed to car parking in North Devon.

At a North Devon Council Executive meeting on Tuesday (8 December), members agreed to a number of aspects, including the release of £200,000 in funding to resurface South Molton Central Car Park.

Councillors also agreed to end the council’s lease on Cheyne Beach Car Park in Ilfracombe. They were also informed that Chivenor Cross Car Park at Wrafton is now due to be handed over to the council in spring 2016.

Executive Member responsible for car parks, Cllr Mike Harrison, says: “Every year we review our Off Street Parking Order to ensure we are fully compliant and our considerations today were part of that. South Molton Central car park is in real need of resurfacing, due to the poor ground condition. With today’s decision, we hope to now be able to start these works from March 2016. Therefore I hope this will be well received by residents and visitors to the town.

“With regard to Cheyne Beach car park, our lease from the Environment Agency expired in June 2013, despite us asking them a number of times to consider terms of a new lease. Then in 2014, EA made changes to the car park, including new gates, security and a need for additional liability for any future tenancy. Therefore, having considered what our responsibility would now be, along with other matters, we’ve agreed today to end our role in overseeing the car park. This would remove our risk and liability at the site.”

Other changes agreed by members at today’s meeting include redesignating South Molton car park in to two areas. The car park immediately behind the town and up to Southley Road will be a short stay car park at 50 pence an hour. The remaining car park behind the lorry park will be long stay, charged at 50 pence an hour and £1.50 all day. This will take effect from April 2016.

Meanwhile, other changes relate to charging periods at car parks in Combe Martin and Instow parishes. It was also agreed for some wording in the Off Street Parking Order to be updated.

Further details of the report can be found on our website.

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