District council set to consider leasing Dowell Street car park in Honiton to implement pay and display charges

A move to introduce pay and display parking charges in Dowell Street car park, Honiton, is likely to move a step closer early in the New Year.

East Devon District Council’s cabinet is being recommended to include the car park in its Off-street Parking Places Order.

The inclusion would take place once the facility is leased to the district by Honiton Town Council.

Councillors will hear at a meeting on January 8 that the council is being urged to enter into a full repairing lease for a period of 10 years.

If given the green light by both the cabinet and the full council,  delegated authority will be given to council officials to negotiate a detailed lease agreement. The full terms are yet to be agreed.

A report due to be considered by the cabinet states: “There is demand for additional public car parking in the town and at present the use of the car park is unrestricted. 

“The town council has considered the issues raised in the representations and has requested that the council proceed with putting in place measures to enable us to manage the car park as a public pay and display car park.”

The report notes that plans were in the pipeline to implement pay and display charges at the beginning of 2019. However, a substantial number of representations were received in response to the proposals that were duly advertised.  

Honiton Town Council, having reviewed the representations, has reaffirmed its request for East Devon District Council to manage the car park on the tariffs that had been advertised.  

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