8. What we are doing about the results
It is acknowledged that the proposal is a complicated multi-stranded matter, with many financial and legal implications, involving different services within the council. Consequently, we have carried out this initial consultation to help the relevant committees decide whether to put a great deal of energy and resource into carrying out a full and proper consultation.
A report with more detailed analysis of the findings and with recommendations on the next steps to be taken will be presented to the council’s Overview Committee at its next meeting on 29 November 2016. As this is a statutory and legal process, any changes that are agreed by the council will need to go through further consultation and legal process, which will take the proceedings through into 2017. The process will not be quick, nor will any decisions be rushed, as it takes time to consider the recommendations and it is important that the final recommendations are the right ones.
One possible recommendation will be to propose that the whole of the district, with the exception of Sidmouth, becomes a consent street. Sidmouth would retain its current prohibition arrangements, although Folk Week would continue on the current arrangements.
As explained in the background information parts of Axminster and Honiton would not be affected by any changes as they have ancient charter markets.