Successful trial for market trader parking badges

Barnstaple Pannier MarketBarnstaple Pannier Market

Posted on: 7 March 2016

Market trader parking badges for businesses at Barnstaple’s Pannier Market are to be introduced permanently, following a successful trial.

The badges, which are displayed in the window of the traders’ vehicles, were launched in a joint initiative by Devon County Council and the Town Centre Manager. They were introduced to help parking enforcement officers to identify which vehicles are on market business, enabling traders to load and unload their goods outside the Pannier Market at peak times (from 7am to 9am and 3pm to 5pm) while still attending to other vehicles that may be parked illegally.

A three-month pilot scheme, which has just been completed, was part of the three point plan put forward by the County Council to tackle a number of parking issues outside the Market.

The pilot has received positive feedback from traders, and the County Council and Town Centre Management are now working to make the scheme a permanent arrangement.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “These Market Trader badges were adopted to address the concerns about parking outside the market and I’m delighted that traders feel it is working for them and making their working day easier. Our parking enforcement officers have a difficult job to do to keep traffic moving on our roads, and working in partnership with traders and the Barnstaple Town Centre Manager I think we have a found a system which makes life better for everyone.”

Hannah Harrington, Barnstaple Town Centre Manager, said: “I’m really pleased that we have come to this arrangement with Devon County Council. The Pannier Market is a very important feature of the town’s economy and BTCM wants to support the traders as much as it can. These permits will make it much easier for market traders to load and unload without the worry of a parking ticket.”

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