Parking prices 'sky high'

PUBLISHED: 02:01 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 15 June 2010

On Friday last I parked in a car park off East Street, Bridport, a street full of shops in this vibrant market town. The cost was 40 pence per hour. In Seaton, a town where the shops are struggling for customers and doom and gloom prevails, the East Devo

On Friday last I parked in a car park off East Street, Bridport, a street full of shops in this vibrant market town. The cost was 40 pence per hour. In Seaton, a town where the shops are struggling for customers and doom and gloom prevails, the East Devon District Council car parks cost 85 pence per hour. Why can EDDC not understand that one price does not fit all in East Devon? Eighty-five pence may well be an appropriate charge for Sidmouth, where the pavements are heaving with shoppers, but Seaton is another story and parking should be half the price of Sidmouth - with free parking in winter to encourage people to come and browse and hopefully spend their money. It is time that East Devon District Council gave more consideration to Seaton and stopped trying to balance their budget through sky high parking charges. Richard HowColyton

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