On-street parking consultation in Exeter

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Posted on: 24 November 2015

A consultation will be launched next month on on-street parking for residents in Heavitree, Polsloe and the Elizabeth Avenue area of Exeter, starting with two public exhibitions.

Plans will go on show at exhibitions at The Scout Hall on South Lawn Terrace on Friday 4 December between 1pm and 7pm, and at St James Church Hall on Wednesday 9 December between 1pm and 7pm. Both exhibitions will display the same information.

Following requests from local residents who are affected by commuter parking, a review of residents’ parking, pay and display and limited waiting bays in the area have been carried out and proposals have now been drafted.

Comments submitted earlier in the year in response to proposals for parking in the Burnthouse Lane, Rifford Road and St Loyes Road area have been evaluated, but no decisions will be made until after this latest round of consultation. This will allow the County Council to make an informed decision for all of the areas being considered.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is an important issue and we’re looking to improve parking for residents. Hopefully residents will attend these exhibitions to find out what’s proposed for their area and give us their views.”

Councillor Jill Owen, Chairman of the Exeter HATOC, said: “It is very important that all local residents who would be affected by these proposals avail themselves of the opportunity to inform themselves and respond to the consultation. Parking issues are always of great interest and the aim here is to help local people to be able to park their vehicles.”

Councillor Richard Westlake, County Councillor for Newtown and Polsloe, said: “It is very important that resident participate in this consultation on the residents parking scheme for the Polsloe area.”

Councillor Olwen Foggin, County Councillor for Heavitree and Whipton Barton, said: “I hope the people of Heavitree come along to the consultation to provide an overall view on on-street parking, as it has been a grave concern for some time with many residents here in Heavitree.”

Officers from Devon County Council and County Councillors will be on-hand at the exhibitions to answer any questions.

For anyone unable to attend the exhibitions, information and feedback forms will be available online or at County Hall between Monday 7 December and Friday 8 January 2016.

If a scheme is approved to progress further, proposals will be formally advertised, providing further opportunity for public comment.

2 comments on “On-street parking consultation in Exeter

  1. Matt Shepherd says:

    Finally Devon County are listening, We could of had this Years ago, but I do feel that the RD& E should take some responsibility for the parking issue’s, because they fleece their staff for parking on site, who can blame the workers for parking elsewhere, but the problem is now totally out of control with commuter’s parking on corners, across dropped kurbs etc, it’s about time this is sorted out once and for all, and unfortunately this is the only way.

    • John Curtis says:

      I am a Wonford Resident and so could reasonably deemed an “interested party’ in the question of parking around the RD&E. I have one overriding problem with the status of the current ‘debate’ however, as I am at a complete loss to understand on what grounds any ranking of the legitimacy of different classes of parking is achieved. Specifically, despite numerous enquiries to councillors and council officers, I have yet to receive a sensible account as to why my rights to park my vehicle conveniently, (as a resident), have any legal or logical precedent over any other road users (commuters or visitors, hospital or otherwise), rights to do the same. The whole bizarre “Resident’s Parking” regime seems to rely for its popular mandate on an appeal to those residents who are are apparently motivated by some delusional fugue in which the council has miraculously extended their property rights into the streets around them. The fact that they are now being charged to park outside their own homes when they previously weren’t and are now subject to an arbitrary limit on the number of visitors they can have (ref. the limit on the number of visitor’s permits books allowed per address) has apparently eluded them, as does the fact that they are additionally now being charged for other people’s parking. Moreover, despite their firm assertions to the contrary, the various RP Schemes absolutely do not guarantee any parking space outside, or even near to, their homes. In fact the perverse logic of the scheme actually dictates that if, with each house allowed 2 Residents parking places, and of course up to 100 visitors at any one time, (parties, funerals, popular people), it is perfectly conceivable that any resident may find their permitted area of parking full on returning home to park. Unfortunately of course, they would not then be allowed to park in adjacent but differently zoned streets as they would then be in breach of that area’s RP Scheme. Presumably the official response to this circumstance would be a reference to a list of the very reasonably priced commercial Car Parks available in the City. The irony that the whole low-level (at least until its fully privatised) extortion racket is run by an office glorying in the wonderfully Orwellian-title of “Parking Services” is a genuine pleasure for connoisseurs of what we are happy to call the “Local Authority mind”.

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