Price hike at Ottery St Mary car park

A price hike at Ottery St Mary’s Land of Canaan car park comes into effect today (June 3).

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has decided to bring the facility in line with its standard tariff across the region.

The cost of half-an-hour’s parking has now risen to 50pence, or £1 for an hour.

Car parks at Underhill, Lympstone, and Dolphin Street, Axminster, are also the subject of a price rise.

The increases were approved by EDDC’s cabinet in September last year.

A photo of Councillor Geoff Pook, portfolio holder for asset management at EDDC

Councillor Geoff Pook, EDDC portfolio holder for asset management. Picture: EDDC

Councillor Geoff Pook, portfolio holder for asset management, said: “We are extremely proud to say that, even in these challenging financial times, we have been able to hold our basic car parking tariff down at £1 per hour for the ninth consecutive year.

“However, historically we have a small number of car parks where, for various reasons we have offered customers a significantly less expensive tariff, typically 20p for half an hour and anything from £1.50 to £4 for a whole day.

“We gave a warning as long ago as 2013 that we would review these tariffs and, with our current budgetary pressures combined with conspicuous over demand and under-supply of parking availability, the council considered the situation and agreed back in September last year that the charges at Underhill long stay car park in Lympstone, Dolphin Street car park in Colyton, Land of Canaan car park in Ottery St Mary, and Coombe Lane car park in Axminster should all be increased to 50p per half hour (£1 per hour) this year.

“We believe that the new charges are still fair, reasonable and proportionate.

“Added to that, we are currently working with our software supplier and we will soon be in a position to offer residents and businesses a new range of even better value annual parking permits costing from less than 30p per day.”

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