A public consultation starts today in Exmouth to gauge views on proposals to introduce residents’ parking permits, on-street pay-and-display, and waiting restrictions.
In response to requests from local residents, Devon County Council (DCC) is undertaking the consultation to measure the support for a residents’ parking scheme in certain areas of the town.
The county council said residents’ parking aims to discourage all-day commuter parking in residential areas and reduce congestion for local residents.
The areas initially being considered for residents’ parking include around the town centre, the Colony and Withycombe Raleigh.
The proposals would look to introduce a combination of residents’ parking zonal restrictions, pay-and-display bays and limited waiting areas.
Th county council said all responses from the public will be summarised and reported to the East Devon Highway and Traffic Orders Committee for a decision as to whether the schemes are taken forward for further consultation.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “Residents in Exmouth have raised concerns with us that they are experiencing difficulties with the current on-street parking arrangements.
“We need to ensure that residents have priority to park within their own area, while also recognising the needs of local businesses and schools.
“We’re keen to hear what people think of the idea of introducing residents’ parking in areas of the town, and their feedback can then help shape the scheme as it develops.”
Councillor Richard Scott, Devon County Councillor for Exmouth, said: “Councillor Jeff Trail and I committed in 2017 to a consultation after listening to concerns raised by residents.
“I urge all residents to carefully consider the criteria and feedback as much information as possible to inform future decision making.”
Councillor Jeff Trail, Devon County Councillor for Exmouth, said: “Richard and I have been working on this project at the request of residents within the Colony, Exmouth.
“We have listened to their views and have worked relentlessly with our highways officers to bring about this consultation to give residents the opportunity to feedback their concerns.
“Residential parking is not the be-all or the solution to parking issues and I urge residents to read the information before responding and then raise any issues they may have.”
Residents’ permits would cost £30 each and would be limited to two permits per household, although when the scheme is first introduced, existing residents would be able to buy as many permits as there are eligible vehicles for their address and may continue to renew these additional permits, before they expire, for as long as they remain living there.
Visitor permits would be available to purchase for all households in the area, while essential visitor permits would be available free of charge for households within the scheme where they can demonstrate a need for care support.
Business permits can be purchased for vehicles necessary for the day to day operation of a business within the area of the scheme, while permits for guests of hotels and B&Bs would also be available to buy.
Disabled drivers displaying a blue badge would be exempt from residents’ parking, pay and display and limited waiting restrictions.
A parking problem zone has been identified by the county council and residents or traders with homes and businesses on roads and streets inside the area can expect to receive a consultation card in the post.
Roads included in the zone are: Shelly Reach, Point Terrace, St Andrew’s Road, Victoria Road, Morton Crescent, Imperial Road, Halsdon Road, Hartop Road, New North Road, Salisbury Road, Egremont Road, Carter Avenue Exeter Road, Lyndhurst Road, Bridge Road, Park Road, Park Lane, Withycombe Road, Marpool Hill, Madeira Villas and Lawn Road.
Church Road, Danby Lane, Ryll Grove, Meadow Street, Meeting Street, Clarence Road, North Street, Bakery Lane, Windsor Square, Albion Hill, Marpool Hill. Withycombe Road, Bridge Road, Montpelier Road, Albion Place, Albion Street, Meeting Street, Meadow Street, New Street, South Street, Pound Street, Gussiford Lane, Hartley Road, Bicton Street, Fore Street, Rolle Road and Rolle Street are also inside the zone.
All Exmouth residents are invited to comment. The consultation will close on Friday, October 25.
Feedback can be submitted online from today, Friday, October 4, or by post to:
Traffic Management Team, Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD.
More information can be found here from today.