Warning as wet weather leaves main Ottery Tar Barrels car park unusable

Tar Barrels organisers in Ottery St Mary have warned that wet weather has rendered the event’s main car park unusable for the big day on November 5.

Downpours and a forecast of more rain mean the facility off Barrack Road/Exeter Road will be out of action on Tuesday – and there will be limited space for cars elsewhere.

Residents have been urged to ensure they can get home before the town’s roads are closed at 5pm.

Rob Wickham, Tar Barrels event director and organiser, said in a statement today (Friday): “Due to the wet weather conditions of late and further wet weather forecast, our main car park is unusable for the tar barrel event this year on Barrack/Exeter Road.

“This means there will be limited parking at the event and the roads will be closed with no access to the event once our contingency parking areas become full.

“Updates will be broadcast regularly via news channels, radio stations and the social media network.

“For all residents, please, please make prior arrangements to either get home before 5pm or, if you have to leave after the road closure comes into force, please arrange to place your car in a place outside of the closure area.

“Apologies again for any inconvenience this may cause.”

The out-of-action Barrack Road/B3174 site is traditionally the Tar Barrels event’s main car park, with its access available from the Daisymount exit of the A30. The cost for parking is £10.

According to the Tar Barrels website, the other car parks that will be in operation in Ottery in Tuesday are:

Ottery Football Club: Located off Butts Road. All access from the A30 is via the B3177 via Alfington. The car park will be open from 4pm. All cars £10.


Otter Nurseries: This is the main coach park and is located in Gosford Road. All access from the A30 is via the B3177 via Alfington. Charges are: £40 for minibuses, £75 for 26-seater coaches and £150 for 52-plus seat coaches/buses.

Wet weather contingency

Strawberry Lane – Ottery Cricket Club: There is a limited amount of space at this location with access only from Barrack Road. All cars £10.

Finnimore Industrial Estate: This is also the disabled parking location and for reserved parking only (£10).

Ottery residents have also been advised that several roads and cul-de-sacs in the town will be closed-off at 3.30pm. This will affect the following places:

  • Jesu Street at the Tip Hill junction;
  • Yonder Street (Bridgefield) at the Slade Road and Furzebrook junction;
  • Brook Street at the Silver Street junction;
  • Sandhill Street at the Cornhill/Gold Street junction;
  • All the way through New Street to the Furzebrook junction;
  • New lane, below the Sunnyhill junction
  • Spring Gardens;
  • Brookdale;
  • Chapel Lane;
  • Yonder Close;
  • Batts lane.

The rest of the town’s roads will be closed at 5pm. All will reopen again at around 1am on Wednesday, November 6.

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