Browsing: Ottery St Mary

Two teenagers have been arrested by police investigating reports of a car theft in Feniton on Monday. Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating a car theft from The Shambles, Feniton, between 6.45am and 9am on October 7. They arrested a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy after keys were stolen from a property and a car taken. Officers say they were later alerted to a collision in Mount Close, Feniton, when a car hit a fence and left the scene. A police spokeswoman said: “Offenders have entered a property and stolen car keys and then stolen the car. “Police were…

‘Continuing negativity’ has prompted to closure of Tickety Boo’s popular play area in Ottery St Mary. Stuart Phillips, owner, today revealed his reasons why he took the decision to permanently close the play area at the rear of his cafe, Tickety Boo. Unfortunately, although we have welcomed lots of really lovely customers and their families to enjoy playtime at Tickety-Boo, there has also been some continuing negativity and a handful of people who didn’t understand the concept…He said he was in talks about the space and said ‘there may well be a future for it’. Mr Phillips said: “I put…

A task force will be set up to consider the future of East Devon’s car parks – after controversial price hike proposals were debated for two hours. Marathon talks last Wednesday saw a record-breaking 24 councillors speak to slam plans to increase charges at busy sites by 50 per cent and make free facilities pay-and-display. East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) cabinet eventually voted to consult the public over raising the hourly rate at a dozen of its car parks by 20 per cent. This would see a 20pence-an-hour increase in tariffs at ‘high-demand’ car parks in Honiton, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Axminster,…

Shoppers in Ottery St Mary can enjoy a month of cheaper parking now a £2 all-day winter fee will be introduced immediately. The tariff is normally not introduced until November, but East Devon District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday night agreed to implement it straightaway. Fees at the Canaan Way car park used to be 50p per hour with a maximum charge of £1.50 for three hours, but the revised tariffs introduced in June saw that rise for £1 for an hour and £3 for three hours. Cllr Geoff Pratt though said the charges had led to a drop in footfall…

Councillors raged for nearly two hours at proposals to hike car parking charges and introduce tariffs for the first time at East Devon’s free car parks. Proposals that went before East Devon District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday night would have seen eight car parks have parking charges imposed for the first time, a 50 per cent increase on tariffs in 12 car parks, and night charges introduced in 12 car parks. In total, a record breaking 24 councillors spoke to slam the plans. After nearly two hours of debate, the cabinet agreed to put forward plans for consultation that would see…

Driving forces behind plans to bring electric vehicle charging points to East Devon’s public car parks are ‘mystified’ the move is being used to justify controversial price hikes.  The district council is proposing a 50 per cent increase at its busiest sites – and making free facilities pay-and-display – to net an extra £400,000 a year. Among reasons for the move, officers say ‘significant investment’ is needed to cater for more environmentally-friendly motors. The unintended consequence of further threatening the high street…and hitting people’s pockets so hard…is an excessively blunt tool for influencing people’s travel behaviour…EDDC could have to fork…

Police say an attempted burglary in Ottery St Mary may have targeted the wrong address because offenders left empty-handed. Officers are warning the town’s residents storing high-value property in garages to fit alarms after an attempted burglary in Pavey Run. Ottery Police said the offenders were believed to have reversed a dark-coloured vehicle into a driveway on Monday lunchtime (September 24) and punctured a garage door before leaving empty-handed. If you keep any items of high value in your garage, then we recommend that you fit alarms on the garage and make sure you record serial numbers of the items…

East Devon Conservatives have vowed to oppose plans to increase to car parking charges by 50 per cent – branding them ‘another nail in the coffin of our high streets’. District council proposals for a price hike at its busiest facilities – and to make free sites pay-and-display – have been slammed as ‘wholly inappropriate’ by local Tories. “There is only so much juice you can squeeze out of a lemon,” their leader exclaimed today. East Devon District Council (EDDC) says changing its tariffs could net the authority an extra £400,000 a year. A 50 per cent rise in charges –…

A special ‘promotional’ rate could be introduced at a pair of Ottery St Mary car parks to boost the town’s businesses. East Devon District Council (EDDC) is proposing a £2 all-day tariff at facilities in Canaan Way and Brook Street. The authority’s cabinet will consider the move when it meets on October 2. It is our experience that this offer does not impact negatively on our own revenue with customers seeing £2 all day as great value… If given the green light, it could come into effect straight away – a month earlier than the seasonal deal is rolled out…

East Devon’s free car parks will become pay-and-display and charges at busy spots will rocket by 50 per cent under changes proposed by the district council. The authority could raise an extra £400,000 a year by hiking costs at its most popular facilities and targeting those where motorists can currently stop off for nothing. Evening and overnight stay levies will also be imposed at sites where there is presently no cost for drivers at these times. We are under increasing pressure to review our activities and move to a position where we are managing all of our car parking assets…

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