Chamber to continue to lobby for cheaper parking

PUBLISHED: 15:23 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:23 28 March 2013

Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the campaign for cheaper parking in Honiton and the rest of East Devon will continue.

Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry is to continue to lobby for costs to be reduced in the area’s car parks.

The chairman of the chamber, Colin Wright, at its annual meeting in Zest, told members that it would continue its campaign to reduce the costs of parking – not just in Honiton but across East Devon.

Mr Wright said: “We continue to lobby East Devon District Council to reduce the costs not only in our car parks but those in all of East Devon.

“We are slowly chipping with various concessions – an extra hour in short stay car parks for those with permits and parking for £1 from Saturday afternoon until Monday. It is not much, I admit, but we will continue our campaign.”

The chamber has been campaigning for a pay-on-exit barrier system to be introduced at Lace Walk car park to encourage shoppers and visitors to stay longer in the town.

During the meeting Mr Wright spoke about last year’s Charter Day events, which the chamber were involved with.

He added: “Many events are organised during the day and the town was really buzzing with shoppers and children.

“The footfall into the area really increases during this period and gives our members, shopkeepers and market traders a unique platform to sell their wares.”

Over the year the chamber has been meeting with other chamber representatives in Somerset and Wiltshire to discuss how to promote extra footfall in the town centre as well as local chambers of commerce in East Devon.

East Devon District Council has introduced a pilot in some of its car parks, including those in Honiton, where there will be a special rate at the weekend. Tickets can be purchased for £1 from 3pm on any Saturday until 8am the following morning.

The scheme comes into effect from Good Friday (March 29).

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