Honiton says ‘No’ to on-street parking charges

Petition and poster campaign in full swing.

A PETITION that runs to “pages and pages” will be handed to county councillor Stuart Hughes during a public meeting in Honiton - to oppose the introduction of on-street parking charges in High Street.

Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry launched the petition after it was revealed County Hall had decided to proceed with the introduction of pay and display fees in market towns across Devon.

Traders say there was no consultation and that the charges will deter shoppers from coming to Honiton.

“The petition is going really welll,” said the chamber’s chairman, Colin Wright.

“It runs to pages and pages, especially signatures collected at Honiton Toy Shop and A Dimond & Co.”

Councillor Hughes will attend a meeting hosted by Honiton Town Council in the senior citizens’ centre, Chapel Street, at 7pm on Monday, December 13.

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The campaign to halt the introduction of charges was notched up a gear as Devon County Council formally advertised its plan.

Campaigners hope they have a real chance to stop pay and display machines being installed in High Street, but similar opposition in Seaton failed.

l WHAT do you think?

Will Devon County Council reconsider its plans for Honiton or do you think it is too late?