‘This is a massive change’ – Residents’ parking set to be introduced across parts of Exmouth

Residents’ parking restrictions are set to be introduced across large areas of Exmouth.

Councillors on the East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) unanimously agreed to advertise the traffic regulation orders at a meeting on Friday.

It followed a consultation in October 2019 which received more than 1,200 responses from around 1,000 homes in the town, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark.

More than 60 per cent of respondents in the areas affected support proposals to introduce residents’ parking schemes.

The East Devon HATOC heard that, as a result, it was proposed that restrictions are progressed in the zones where the majority of responses were in favour.

Chief officer for highways Meg Booth said: “It should be noted that this may include some roads where residents may be opposed to a scheme, but it is not practical or appropriate to exclude that road from the proposals being developed.

“A number of residents from Bicton Place have submitted comments as part of the consultation to request that they be included in a scheme, and it is recommended that the proposals be amended to include this road.”

Restrictions will be introduced in five zones:

  • Zone A – The Colony area;
  • Zone B – Withycombe Road area;
  • Zone C – St Andrews Road area;
  • Zone D – Albion Street area;
  • Zone E – Carter Avenue area.

The report added that a sixth zone around the town centre (the EX6 area) saw a  low response rate of just 6.2 per cent.

And those who responded had mixed views, with slightly more opposed to a scheme.

It is recommended that the proposed restrictions are not progressed in this area of Exmouth.

Following discussions with the local representatives, it is proposed that the residents’ parking restrictions are applied from 8am to 8pm every day.

This is to maximise the benefits of the scheme at times it can be enforced.

The consultation revealed that the times that most people find difficult to park outside their homes is after 4pm, in the evening, or at weekends.

Councillor Richard Scott, who represents Exmouth, backed the proposals as ‘a massive piece of work to try and solve the problem of parking’.

He added: “I hope the members can see the detail and I ask that you support the largest change in parking restrictions in Exmouth.”

Fellow ward member Cllr Jeff Trail said: “This is a massive change for the residents who have faced parking issues and a lack of residents unable to park near their homes.”

The proposals were unanimously supported by the East Devon HATOC.

Now, subject to no objections being received to the traffic regulation order process, the restrictions will come into force at a date yet to be determined.

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