Honiton: New row over parking charges

PUBLISHED: 09:04 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:32 16 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council is conducting a review of parking charges in Honiton, but is loathe to consult the public – in case motorists think there s a chance of free parking.

EAST Devon District Council is conducting a review of parking charges in Honiton, but is loathe to consult the public - in case motorists think there's a chance of free parking.

That's what district councillor Peter Halse told Honiton Town Council at a meeting on Monday.

Councillor Halse was responding to a complaint about the £3,000 cost of the new traffic flow system in Lace Walk car park.

"Downright disgusting and dangerous" - Councillor Ron Farnham's description of the system. He called on EDDC to justify expenditure on the project, saying: "It is money completely and utterly wasted. I have seen so many near accidents."

Councillor Vernon Whitlock said: "Car parking and charges are of interest to so many people in the town. What are you doing to engage the public in this review?"

Mr Halse replied: "We can't stir people up to think they are going to get free parking.

"Income from car parks is around £2.7m and is of benefit to council tax payers, because it keeps their bills down. We have got to be responsible about finances."

The cost of parking behind Lace Walk is 85p an hour - more expensive than pay and display charges in West Dorset, but cheaper than some other areas.

Anyone who wishes to comment about parking charges in Honiton can do so through Peter Halse or town clerk Lyn Hargood.


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