Changes to Teignmouth’s on-street parking roll out

On-street parking

Posted on: 18 January 2017

Changes to on-street parking in Teignmouth are being gradually rolled out over the next two months.

A new Traffic Management Plan for the town was agreed last summer and now work is underway to implement the scheme, which includes changes to waiting restrictions, pay & display and the introduction of a one way road and new residents’ parking zone north of the railway line.

Devon County Council developed the plan with Teignmouth Town Council following requests from the public to consider a number of issues such as improving on-street parking for residents, increasing space for taxis in the town and encouraging greater turnover of limited waiting spaces close to shops.

Councillor Stuart HughesCouncillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:

“We have been working with the town council, residents and local businesses to produce this plan for a number of years now, so I am pleased that the proposals we developed in response to their concerns are now being put in to action.

“The main aim of the plan is to free up some on-street parking to benefit residents, while also helping businesses in the town by encouraging turnover in limited waiting on-street parking spaces and encouraging long term visitors to use off-street car parks.

“There are lots of different elements involved which require a substantial amount of lining and signing, so the changes are being introduced in phases as the work is programmed and completed.

“Initial efforts have been focussed on sections of double yellow lines and the introduction of pay & display spaces in the town centre on Upper Den Parade and Wellington Street.

“The next stage will be to make Higher Brimley Road one-way, then implement the new resident’s parking zone to the north of the railway line at the beginning of March. Letters will be sent to all addresses within the zone at the end of January informing them of the exact date the scheme will go live and giving details of eligibility and how to apply for permits.

“These changes being introduced gradually, as and when our contractors complete the required work over the next couple of months, so I encourage residents and visitors to check signs carefully when they park their vehicles on-street to make sure they are aware of the restrictions in force.”

The Teignmouth Traffic Management Plan includes:

Residents’ parking
Introduction of a resident’s parking zone is proposed in an area to the north of the railway line close to the town centre. The proposal includes all or sections of:

  • Bitton Park Road
  • Boscawen Place
  • Daimonds Lane
  • Exeter Street
  • Gladstone Terrace
  • Grove Avenue
  • Heywoods Road
  • Higher Brimley Road
  • Landscore Close
  • Salisbury Terrace
  • Shute Hill
  • Fore Street (North of the railway line)
  • Speranza Grove
  • Shute Hill Crescent
  • Winterbourne Road

Qualifying addresses for permits lie slightly outside of the zone on Higher Brimley to allow flexibility to residents at the border of the zone if they wish to take advantage of it.

Upper Den Promenade
The ambition is to make more efficient use of this area while retaining the benefits of a summer closure. The closure period will be extended to cover 1 May until 10 September every year. This will enable the closure to be effectively signed. In the period that the road is open there will be Pay & Display, which will allow for a longer than usual 1 hour free period and a cheaper on street tariff than available elsewhere in the town. Ticketing machines will require a full number plate to be input, as this will enable the spaces to be turned over daily with an 8 hour non-return period. This will address a particular concern over the potential for pollution of bathing water on the beach when mobile toilets are emptied down the highway drains by caravan and camper van users staying overnight.

Wellington Street
This is a premium area for parking in the town which ideally should turn over quickly to enable ‘pop and shop’ activity. The police parking area will be rescinded and short term pay and display with a 30 minute free period introduced.

Dedicated parking bays
Bays ambulance vehicles only will be introduced along on the promenade, as well as permit parking for the lifeboat station on The Strand.

Somerset Place/Quay Road
Following removal of a traffic island in 2014, parking will be rationalised to protect turning movements into and out of Gales Hill. The loading ban outside the diving centre will also be removed to enable heavy gas bottles to be delivered more easily.

Station Road
Following representation from taxi drivers, the rank on Station Road will be extended by five spaces, which means losing four limited waiting bays. Seven new Pay and Display bays will be provided on Lower Brook St by removing sections of double yellow line.

Higher Brimley Road
This road will be made one-way from west to east between No 1. Higher Brimley Road and the junction with Winterbourne Road. This will discourage the use of this road as a short cut and enable approximately seven parking spaces to be created by removing double yellow lines.

Other changes
There are a number of other changes, principally involving the provision of double yellow lines at junctions and on narrow roads throughout the town which are in response to requests from residents.

Further details can be found online here.

A formal consultation on the proposals took place between 27 May and 20 June 2016.

The scheme and consultation responses were considered by the Teignbridge Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) at its meeting on 14 July 2016.

The Committee agreed that the scheme should be introduced without amendment and that it should be reviewed after a year of operation.

The Teignbridge HATOC Report and Minutes can be found here. 

20 comments on “Changes to Teignmouth’s on-street parking roll out

  1. Ron Reeve says:

    What about Blue Badge holders who park anywhere for FREE, give them priority spaces by all means, but let them PAY. After all by the look of their vehicles they are not exactly poor, Surely that should help the councils finances,

  2. John thorne says:

    As a motor home owner I am so sorry for the residents of Teignmouth that one of the reasons for the new parking restrictions is the misuse of some motor home owners on the Den, namely the, I quote “the emptying of portable toilets

  3. Helen Bawden says:

    This is the start of untold and ongoing misery for the town residents for whom no provision has been made. A good number of the streets in the zones have their own garages and/or driveways and will have these zones in their street as well. They will be able to buy a permit at £30, even buy permits for friends, relatives, visitors. But for the people in the town who contribute to it’s trade daily, pay our council tax etc there is no such provision made. If we want a car park permit we have to buy one at a cost of around £500. How is it possible that we simply do not count?

    • Thanks for your comment Helen.

      Most houses within the zone do not have off-street parking available and on street-parking is oversubscribed.

      The effect of the scheme will be monitored and reviewed after a year of operation.

  4. Robert Trude says:

    The council are using Motorhomes on the den as an excuse to install yet more parking
    The bye laws already exist, to rid Teignmouth of these vehicles should we wish to do so. Sleeping and camping overnight in vehicles is not permitted and I’m sure the same goes for emptying toilet tanks down road drains.
    Rather than enforce the law, Teignbridge would prefer to use it as an excuse to fleece their favourite cash cow, the motorist.

    • Thanks for your comment Robert. Introducing pay and display along the Upper Den Promenade will encourage greater turnover of parking spaces and prevent vehicles occupying spaces for days at a time. Spaces will be turned over daily with an 8 hour non-return period. There will also be a longer than usual 1 hour free period and a cheaper tariff than available elsewhere in the town.

  5. John Maidens says:

    Its about time the campers were removed from the upper den carriageway, its a complete eyesore. Other work needs to be looked at including a one way system down Deer Park, Coombe Vale Road one way heading towards the Lovell estate and Fourth Ave one way towards Bitton Park Road. Could we also have a restriction regarding car sales in the 3 bays along Exeter Road, they even started parking on the pavement at the one outside the Richard Newton Hall

    • Thanks for your comment John.

      A one-way system as you describe was discussed with the Town Council’s parking group but was not supported.

      The cars parked in the bays along Exeter Road are taxed, insured and parked legally, so introducing a restriction because they are for sale is not straightforward. You need to contact the police if you are concerned about dangerous/ obstructive parking.

  6. Davi Gough says:

    This is not directly related to the new plan but is something that has intrigued me since we moved here many years ago and needs correcting. How is it that people who park for free along the one way promenade on the sea side of the Den can do so indefinitely without risking a fine, but those who PAY on the west side of the Den risk getting a fine if they park for just a few minutes over the stipulated time? This is illogical, it should be the other way round! The Free parkers should be required to get a free time limited ticket and risk a fine, whilst the PAYING parkers should be given more time and just a small penalty for being late. NB: When parking meters were introduced in London there was an overdue period after the “paid limit” when you just paid the extra due pro-rata the rate payable before you got into the red area and risked a fine. So if you are a few minutes late getting back to your car due to some unavoidable delay you were not made to feel like a criminal. There’s nothing like injustice to wind people up. Is this how the Council want to treat the public. It’s no wonder so many people are sceptical about their local authorities…

  7. Leosrme says:

    Methinks that this is going to be a disaster. The fact is that it will discourage tourism and businesses will suffer. People who want to park for longer in the town to go to the beach etc, will more often than not end up spending money in shops as well. Parking in Teignmouth has always been horrendous. I don’t think this is going to make it any better. The council should have been looking at more long term parking and accommodating visitors. Very short sighted from what I can tell.

    • Thanks for your comment. Drivers who want to park their vehicles for longer periods of time are encouraged to use the local off-street car parks. Our on-street parking is more suitable for shorter term ‘pop and shop’ type activities which encourage turnover of parking in the town centre and actually better supports the local economy.

  8. Richard Ash says:

    I think the council should consider permanent closure of most of the Upper Den Promenade stopping all through traffic. It would enhance the appearance and amenity of the front. I am not a disabled badge holder, but think the closure would enable the provision of dedicated blue badge holder parks at either end of the promenade giving good access to the Pavilions at the N end and the recreation areas at the south

    • Thanks for your comment Richard. Various options for the Upper Den were discussed and considered with the Town Council and other stakeholders. They included a permanent full closure or the road and opening it completely for all 12 months of the year. The current proposal was supported as an appropriate compromise.

  9. Deb says:

    Will there be parking available to carers visiting clients in the permit zones?

  10. CW THOMAS says:

    what about the residents of Bickford Lane a Town center community of approx 24 properties that lost any parking facility in 1996 when the town centre car park made way for the COOP supermarket ,?? the lane is narrow homes open directly onto the Lane (no footpath) traffic entering have to go to the head have to return back down meeting head on numerous shoppers and oncoming traffic that may have entered the lane for legitimate reasons or just got lost .This is because the head of the Lane was STOPPED up without a proper legal order and it has brought about confrontation and danger between vehicles and pedestrians on numerous occasions . You have been now informed of yhis situation and should seriously address it ‘

    • Thanks for your comment.

      The road was stopped up by the Secretary of State for Transport in 1997 following a Public Enquiry under the Town and Country Planning Act.

      Dealing with parking and access arrangements for the residents of Bickford Lane was beyond the scope of this recent review and wasn’t included in discussions by the Town Council’s Parking Group.

      The ‘Prohibition of Motor Vehicle Order (Except for Access)’ is clearly signed at the entrance to the lane.

      If you want to discuss your concerns further, please contact your local county councillor, Cllr Richard Younger-Ross –

  11. Ferris says:

    Devon County Council might want to have another look at Deer Park Avenue, parking is still a disgrace

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