Changes to Teignmouth’s on-street parking roll out
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.
“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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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