at 13:03 on 22/11/10
Lets not try and go down the vehicle removal road. Because that will reduce to a minimum excuse to remove a vehicle and make another barrow load of money. When Bin Taxing gets here, perhaps more people will wake up to what is happening.
at 16:50 on 27/11/10
Resident Parking Permits have not been proposed as yet by Devon County Council. Come along to the Town Council Planning Meeting on Monday at 7.00 p.m. and ask the County officers yourselves if they intend to go down this road. Residential parking is already limited by the existing traffic orders for those who live in the centre of town e.g. Park Row or Kempley Road. These residents currently have to compete with out of town workers for the 'all day' free parking on the periphery of town. These Pay and Display meters are going to make free parking space much sought after. At present the Civil Parking Enforcement officers do issue penalty notices to residents and visitors who overstay the limited waiting periods but do not pursue them with any kind of escalating tarif i.e. immobilisation or removal of the vehicle for those people who persistently park all day in those bays. Just issuing the odd penalty notice to a persistent parking offender who just keeps paying the ticket is no deterrent to them to stop their anti social parking behaviour..
at 14:01 on 27/11/10
Residents Permits are likely to cost £720 per year. Play into Devon County Council's hands, because once started it will not finish. Just dropping off a small item to a 'Resident' becomes a cash cow ticket issuing possibility.
at 12:05 on 27/11/10
Sharon Taylor writes, "The idea of pay and display machines is ridiculous! What on earth is wrong with these people! We need to deal with the problems created for residents who loose their parking to people working in town who refuse to use paid parking. I'm in favour of alloting residents a parking place on their road for a nominal monthly fee, thereby insuring a parking place for them. It's totally unfair for town workers to take our parking!" (via Facebook)
at 16:02 on 26/11/10
Yet another parking issue to drive trade out of the town, Seems to me lets make parking in the small towns of Devon even more difficult so that Exeter can grow by making itself more apealling to the car driving people of the county.Before Waitrose was built we had a massive car park reasonably priced and easily accessable for coachesand trucks with ove night parking for truckers, with many coach companies stopping and using the town for refreshment breaks. Sadly this is no longer the case the coach park is hidden away behind an eyesore of a building The Big H Pet Store, easy access to the town is lost as the distance these potential visitors have to walk is poorly sign posted and uneventfull, made even more difficult by the lack of footpath on this side of the road and lack of appeal for the visitors to our town.The parking issues are driven by financial factors rather than the needs of the town, the out lying streets into the town are already being used by people who work in the shops and supermarkets as free parking areas, this makes it difficult for the people out side whose houses they park to conduct there day to day business.It also makes gaining access to other businesses very difficult if you take the bottom end of the High Street all the way up the hill cars are parked on both sides of the street making access to the Moyses Lane area extremely difficult, where the new houses are being constructed at times they have blocked the road for short periods of time due to the way cars are parked.North road by Jewsons all the way upto the garden center can be over crowded with cars parked on both sides of the road, how cars have not been damaged by the trucks making deliveries to the businesses along this stretch of road is amazing.May be we should look at alternatives to charges such as free parking for all towns people in our car parks, with discounts for people from the surrounding areas, may be free or even a minimal permit charge permitting parking out side peoples own houses on conjested streets.In a town that has 7000 residents many of which are on low rates of pay, paying yet another stealth tax to enable them to shop is truely disgusting and if we expand the town as proposed those people on the Eastern side of the town will find it easier to shop in Exeter rather than Okehampton.We have the golden opportunity of the rail service on a Sunday coming to the town which should be a gold mine for our traders especially the estate agents, gift shops cafes etc. I was turely amazed when I moved here twenty years ago to find that all the estate agents are closed on a Sunday, in Southport and all around Mersyside they employ people to book viewings at the properties they are promoting in there shop windows which many of these visitors look at as they stroll around an uninspiring town on a Sunday afternoonWe are the gateway to the moors but what do we do to promote our town and make it attractive to our visitors, and adding parking restrictions with even more meters or ticket machines makes us an even more uattractive town for the potential visitors, we could have if promoted like it should be!
at 20:26 on 25/11/10
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