Temporary car parking permits are available now for Folk Week from Sidmouth Tourist Information

Temporary leases for spaces in council owned car parks will be available during Sidmouth Folk Week in aid of local charity

Vacant car spaces in East Devon District Council’s Mill Street and Holmdale car parks in Sidmouth are to be put to good use in aid of the town’s popular local carnival. A total of 35 spaces are to be “gifted” temporarily to the town’s Carnival Committee for them to lease and manage during Folk Week, to help raise much needed funds for Sidmouth’s popular carnival.
 
At a meeting last night, councillors agreed to support Sidmouth Carnival Committee by allowing them to issue week-long permits, costing £65, for Folk Week, which runs from Friday 31 July to Friday 7 August. The revenue will help ensure the future success of the carnival, which draws large numbers of visitors to Sidmouth in September.
 
There are currently 23 spaces available in Mill Street car park and 12 spaces in Holmdale car park and permits will be issued, on a first come first serve basis, at the Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre in Ham Lane. For more information about the permits, please contact Sidmouth Carnival Committee member Nick Beavis on 07790697954.
 
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Chairman of East Devon District Council, said: "I am delighted that East Devon has made available the vacant spaces in the Mill Street and Holmdale Car Parks for a local organisation to do some fund raising and, as a keen carnival supporter, I am delighted that the Sidmouth Carnival Committee has been given the chance to raise some funds towards staging this year’s event at the end of September."
 
Councillor Iain Chubb, Portfolio for the Environment at East Devon District Council, said: “This is an extremely positive way of making excellent use of vacant car spaces, particularly as Sidmouth’s parking capacity during Folk Week becomes stretched.”