Parking charges: EDDC urged to follow Darling's lead

PUBLISHED: 07:14 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:40 15 June 2010

ON the day that Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling announced a multi-billion pound package to save Britain's ailing economy, Honiton Town Council threw its weight behind a traders' campaign for free parking in Honiton in the run-up to Christmas.

ON the day that Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling announced a multi-billion pound package to save Britain's ailing economy, Honiton Town Council threw its weight behind a traders' campaign for free parking in Honiton in the run-up to Christmas.Although Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry has previously called for concessions during the festive season, members feel the credit crunch and threat to small businesses add credence to its campaign this year. East Devon District Council has steadfastly declined to budge on the issue in the past.Former mayor, Councillor Vernon Whitlock, who liaises with the chamber on behalf of the town council, reported at a meeting on Monday night that free parking at certain times during December could boost trade in Honiton on days that are traditionally quiet.Financial experts were still digesting and analysing Mr Darling's pre-budget announcements when it was revealed East Devon District Council is to be asked to waive parking fees on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays."It's a really good way for East Devon District Council to support the local economy," said Councillor Whitlock."East Devon District Council surely has some role in the economic development of Honiton? It is a good opportunity for the district council to come behind the town."District council parking charges in Honiton are already substantially higher than those in the Dorset market town of Bridport, where parking concessions are traditionally a boost to trade in the run-up to Christmas.HAVE your say! Should East Devon District Council help to boost trade in Honiton, and elsewhere, in the run-up to Christmas - to help the local economy beat the credit crunch?


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