Work begins on new parking area at Phear Park in Exmouth – with ‘deteriorating’ access road to be resurfaced as well

Work is under way on a new free-to-use car park with a dozen spaces at Phear Park in Exmouth.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) says the project, which started on Monday, June 21, aims to tackle ‘antisocial’ parking at the attraction.

It will also see the ‘deteriorating’ access road from Withycombe Road to the Rifle and Pistol Club resurfaced.

This part of the project will see public toilets at the park closed for more than a week in July.

The authority hopes the resurfacing will help to reduced ongoing maintenance costs fixing potholes.

A new parking area will be built on the grass verge near to the vehicle entrance of Phear Park.

It will boast 12 bays and a dedicated area for manoeuvring.

Phear Park in Exmouth. Image: Google Maps

Phear Park in Exmouth. Image: Google Maps

An EDDC spokesperson said: “Although a parking area is currently provided at the far end of the access road, there have been historic issues with vehicles parking on the pavement near the entrance of the park.

“This has prevented other vehicles from passing, as well as restricting the width of the pavement available to pedestrians and causing damage to the footways, grass verges and tree roots when manoeuvring.

“It is hoped the new car park will help to reduce the issues.

“As well as this, EDDC will also be installing steel reinforced recycled plastic posts as parking prevention measures on the footway edge between the park entrance and shelter to further prevent antisocial parking.”

The site of the new parking area at Phear Park in Exmouth is highlighted in red. Image: East Devon District Council

The site of the new parking area at Phear Park in Exmouth is highlighted in red. Image: East Devon District Council

Work is taking place in four phases.

The first is the construction of the new parking area, which is anticipated to be completed by Wednesday, July 7.

Phear Park’s access road will remain open throughout this aspect of the scheme and businesses within the green space will be unaffected.

Phase two is the resurfacing of the far end of the access road and existing parking area.

The third phase is the resurfacing the rest of the access road and will be followed by the construction of speedhumps.

Phases two to four are expected to take place from Wednesday, July 5 to Friday, July 16, weather permitting.

During this work, it will be necessary to close the access road to all public transport.

And during phase two, the public toilets and other buildings next to the access road will be inaccessible.

The new parking area will be constructed from a permeable cellular concrete system, known as ‘grasscrete’.

Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC portfolio holder coast, country and environment, said: “There have long been issues with vehicles parking on the footway in Phear Park, making access difficult for pedestrians and vehicles.

“The 12 additional spaces provided in the new parking area should go some to way alleviating this and will utilise an underused area of the park.

“It is good to see officers making every effort to reduce the environmental impact of construction where possible through use of modern and recycled materials, contributing to the council’s aim to be carbon-neutral by 2040.”

The access road will be resurfaced using a type of asphalt referred to as ‘warm mix’, which is manufactured at a temperature up to 35°C lower than conventional asphalt

A lower production temperature produces safer conditions for workers thanks to a reduction in volatile fumes.

The product selected offers carbon reductions of up to 50 per cent compared to conventional asphalt.

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