East Devon Parking Charges…
Tariffs simplified, fixed price permits for regular users and dedicated spaces.
Cabinet received a comprehensive report on proposed car parking charges in September. The review is intended to make car parking charges and permits more consistent across East Devon whilst continuing to better understand the needs of residents and visitors.
Proposed changes were the subject of public consultation between April and June, during which the Council received 869 completed questionnaires.
The future car parking changes will be based on just three basic schemes;
- Coastal Long Stay
- Inland Long Stay
- Short Stay
Current standard charges of 50p per half hour and £1 per hour will remain unchanged, in most popular car parks. Coastal Long Stay car parks, where we charge a maximum of £6 for up to 24hrs, reducing to a maximum of £3 for 24hrs out of season (1st Nov to 31st March or Good Friday, whichever comes first). Inland Long Stay car parks will continue to charge £3 max, for up to 24hrs and Short Stay car park charges will remain a maximum of £3 for three hours parking and offer a fourth hour free of charge. 91% of respondents to our consultation supported keeping these charges the same in East Devon pay and display car parks.
The council will also continue to use special offer prices, including seasonal discounts, to help support local businesses and attract customers to our high streets out of season.
Popular 2, 3, 4 and 7-day explorer ticket prices will also be unchanged. Explorer tickets offer good value for tourist visitors, with up to seven days parking in any EDDC Long Term car parks for just £25. In comparison, a 7-day permit for Woodmead Hall car park in Lyme Regis alone will cost £42.
Historically, five East Devon Car parks have offered customers a significantly lower tariff, typically 20p for half an hour and from £1.50 to £4 per day. The proposal originally recommended that all five would be relocated into either Coastal Long Stay or Inland Long Stay groups.
However, convincing arguments were made by public speakers and Members regarding two car parks at Phear Park in Exmouth and Sidford. I therefore proposed from the Chair, that the two be referred back for review and proposals be otherwise accepted. This was support unanimously by cabinet colleagues.
Fixed price town permits for just £100 per year!…
If you work away from Uplyme, but within East Devon, it is not widely known that EDDC offers very competitively priced town/area permits for just £100 per annum, covering long stay council car parks in any one of these towns and villages;
- Sidmouth, Sidford, Exmouth, Seaton, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Axminster, Colyton, Beer and Lympstone.
Additional locations can be added to £100 annual permits for the sum of just £20 per additional town or village per year. This is subject to availability of spaces.
Comparative figures for other authorities include West Dorset (£720pa for some, but not all car parks), Teignbridge (£700pa, all car parks), Mid Devon (£475, all car parks). Lyme Regis offers permits for one car park only at £175pa for residents and £300pa for non-residents.
East Devon car parking charges are maintained at a very competitive level for regular users and our visitors, to support our local economy.
Are available for £500 per annum. Unlike Annual Permits, Business Permits allow unrestricted parking in any EDDC car park, including short stay car parks in addition to the long stay car park network.
EDDC Performance snapshots and Headlines…
- Estimated 61% of all waste was recycled in August against an EU target of 65% by 2030
- 96% of invoices received are paid within 10 days
- Queen’s Drive Space, Exmouth – The Queen’s Drive Space which opened in May has been very well received by locals and visitors to Exmouth with great reviews received from people visiting the site.
- New EDDC Offices, Blackdown House, Honiton – estimated completion date 23rd November 2018. “Open for Business” on Monday 28th January 2019.
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