Bigger town, more cars

PUBLISHED: 09:39 31 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:48 15 June 2010

I CANNOT believe that the Tories at East Devon District Council have the nerve to come out with the excuses they make up over car parking. They change the situation when it suits them. These are just a few examples... In 2000, the residents of Dowell Stre

I CANNOT believe that the Tories at East Devon District Council have the nerve to come out with the excuses they make up over car parking.They change the situation when it suits them.These are just a few examples...In 2000, the residents of Dowell Street, including myself, objected to the Tourist Information Centre being built in Lace Walk car park. It was suggested the building be located nearer to the town centre. At the time, Chris Newman, capital projects manager at EDDC, said some design changes had been made but that there was a limit to how far they could build on the car park without affecting parking spaces.We lost seven spaces and thousands of pounds in revenue.In November, 2005, Mr Diccon Pearse, the council's corporate director, stated that the income from car parks was one of the council's biggest money spinners. It was believed the council had to raise 50 per cent of its budget from fees and charges, and cash raised from parking was back then second only to that generated from sports centres.If parking is so important, why has EDDC designated land where the long stay car park is for a community centre with the loss of spaces and loss of revenue?This piece of land was designated in 1994, but since then the town has expanded and so has the number of cars.EDDC is not prepared to give free parking for Christmas but are going to take spaces away, causing problems for visitors to Honiton. The ratepayers will be the losers.The only ones to gain will be our town councillors, who will have somewhere to park their backsides when the community centre is built.The people of Honiton can change the way EDDC thinks by the ballot box.Ray GriffinDowell StreetHoniton

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