One-hour free and Pay & Display thereafter; parking proposals

Devon County Council is asking local people to look at its proposals to introduce Pay & Display parking in key areas in Crediton, Honiton and Sidmouth.

Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO), one for each community, will be advertised in December through to the New Year and will set plans – the commencement date of each TRO is highlighted below.

You will then have 21 days to view the proposals and comment through the parking pages on DCC’s website.

It follows the Council Cabinet’s review of parking policy in November last year.

We want to bring the parking policy in Crediton, Honiton and Sidmouth, into line with Devon’s other larger communities.

Pay & Display parking is widely used, both across Devon and nationally, with well-established schemes in communities such as Exmouth and Exeter.

It can help reduce congestion and encourages the turn-over of vehicles and availability of parking spaces, particularly in busy town centres, thereby helping to support the local economy and the use of local shops and businesses.

Following discussions with local members and community representatives, the proposals also include one-hour free parking in the new Pay & Display spaces in all these  communities.

This is to ensure that the new parking policy strikes the right balance of keeping costs down for users while delivering the benefits we have identified.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said:

“I understand there may be concerns about Pay & Display, and that is why we have talked to local groups and elected members to ensure that the first hour parking is free.

“Pay & Display has been in place in many communities in Devon for some years and we believe it is one of the components that is needed to ensure a healthy high street and community.

“It encourages turnover of parking spaces thereby increasing the availability of town centre parking in busy areas and it reduces congestion.”

All schemes will be advertised on our new webpages  from late November / early December.

Comments received through the consultation will be considered before any final decision is made.

The advertisement dates will be staggered, from early December through to the New Year.

Exact dates TBC.

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