Temporary donation of car parking spaces during Folk Week raises just over £300

Sidmouth Carnival Committee raised just over £300 by letting out vacant car parking spaces in two East Devon District Council – owned car parks during the town’s Folk Week.

A total of 35 spaces in Mill Street and Holmdale car parks in Sidmouth were “gifted” temporarily to the town’s Carnival Committee for them to lease and manage during Folk Week, and raise much needed funds for the town’s popular carnival.

Sidmouth Carnival Committee member Nick Beavis said that the money raised would go towards staging the event in September.

“We’re thrilled to bits with any money we can raise for the Carnival. It’s such a great event and brings many visitors to the town but, as with many events such as this, it is getting more expensive to run all the time.”

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Chairman of East Devon District Council, said that the Council was pleased to have helped.

“The Carnival Committee works very hard throughout the year to raise funds and temporarily letting the spaces out to them was a great way to help them.”

Councillor Iain Chubb, the Council’s portfolio holder for the Environment, added:

“Sidmouth’s parking capacity during Folk Week is always stretched and letting the spaces in this way was a perfect solution.”

East Devon District Council usually leases the private parking spaces in the town centre for £125 per month (£1500 per year) plus VAT.  Existing customers have already taken up half of the spaces and the rest are now being offered on a first- come first served basis.

Anyone who wants one should contact carparks@eastdevon.gov.uk or call 01395 517585 for more information.