Traders should not park near stalls

PUBLISHED: 15:23 07 April 2010 | UPDATED: 01:06 16 June 2010

As I write this letter, I do realise I m on very thin ice, having the temerity to comment on the twice weekly Honiton street market. I do realise that many indigenous Honitonians do get very dewy-eyed about the street market.

As I write this letter, I do realise I'm on very thin ice, having the temerity to comment on the twice weekly Honiton street market.

I do realise that many indigenous Honitonians do get very dewy-eyed about the street market. I was, however, prompted to write this letter after reading the succinct letter, published in a recent Midweek Herald, written by Ken Hinks, with reference to the haphazard manner in which the market traders park their vehicles.

About ten years ago, some fool, or a body of fools, decided, for whatever reason, to allow the market traders to park their vehicles adjacent to their stall, all day - that's from 8am until late afternoon, thus reducing, even further, the limited waiting spaces available to locals.

Consequently, on a Tuesday and Saturday, Honiton High Street is taking on the appearance of an elongated car boot sale - not a pretty sight; Lord knows what visitors, providing they can park in the High Street, will make of this situation.

The place for the traders' vehicles, once they have set up their stalls, is in the pay and display car park and not hogging, all day, parking spaces in the town centre.

With the new and exorbitant car park charges, with the new and much better rail service to Exeter, no wonder so many Honitonians are now choosing to leave their cars at home and are hopping on the train to Exeter, without worrying about parking charges, or a clogged up High Street.

Sean McCrum

Rosemount Close

Honiton


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