Town centres will lose out if EDDC increases parking charges again

PUBLISHED: 09:29 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:52 16 June 2010

TOWN centre traders in Honiton will be even more disadvantaged when two new supermarkets are built. That is the view of concerned town councillors, who last week voted unanimously to strongly oppose plans to increase parking charges to £1 an hour.

TOWN centre traders in Honiton will be even more disadvantaged when two new supermarkets are built.

That is the view of concerned town councillors, who last week voted unanimously to "strongly oppose" plans to increase parking charges to £1 an hour.

The hourly rate is already 85p, far higher than charges in Bridport and Chard.

Councillors say free parking at Tesco and the retail site at Heathpark has had a detrimental affect on smaller businesses.

When Aldi and Lidl and built, both off Exeter Road, even more out-of-town free parking will be available.

Councillor Mike Allen told a policy committee meeting last week that he feared cutbacks implemented by East Devon District Council could have a detrimental affect on Honiton's economy.

And referring to plans to further increase car parking charges, Councillor Vivienne Ash, the mayor, said: "A quick 'win' can be devastating for towns and parishes. I think it is going to be on-going."

Committee chairman Councillor Vernon Whitlock said: "I am concerned the economic viability of the town will be affected."

And Councillor Roy Coombs said: "Traders in the town centre are at a disadvantage.

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