Sidmouth town centre to benefit from 34 additional car parking spaces

Following a recent review by councillors, Sidmouth’s Mill Street car park will, from Monday 21 March, operate as a public car park, offering 34 additional town centre short stay parking spaces for just £1 per hour for the first two hours and only £3 for four hours - a tariff that has not been increased for the sixth consecutive year.

Cash customers will be able to pay using a pay and display machine, which is already in place and the council anticipates it being fully commissioned for use by Wednesday 23 March. In the meantime, car park users will be able to pay using their phone (Parkmobile) or display a valid car parking permit (but should check the terms and conditions of their permit before using the car park) from Monday 21 March.

Previously, the car park was run exclusively for the benefit of customers who paid to reserve a parking space for their own use. However, following a price review in 2014, the level of demand dropped and after a further review in 2015, councillors agreed to operate the unused reserved parking spaces as a public car park instead.

The Mill Street car park tariff is the same as nearby Ham and Roxburgh car parks and charging applies every day from 8am to 6pm.

There is just one reserved parking space still available in the Mill Street car park at a cost of £1500 (+VAT) per year.  Anyone interested in leasing this space should email: carparks@eastdevon.gov.uk or telephone 01395 571780.

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for Environment said:

We know that parking in Sidmouth town centre is at a premium and by adding these 34 extra short-stay parking spaces to the 351 short-stay spaces already on offer in The Ham and Roxburgh, we are demonstrating our continuing support for businesses operating in the town centre.

The council’s Chairman, Councillor Stuart Hughes, said:

For visitors and residents needing longer term off-street parking arrangements we will continue to offer over 300 long-stay spaces in our Manor Road car park for a maximum charge of £6 for 24 hours and £25 for a whole week.

Speaking on behalf of Sidmouth Town ward members, Councillor Matthew Booth said:

Parking in the town centre is at a premium and the introduction of a pay and display at Mill Street on a comparable low pricing rate should be welcomed and will, one hopes, provide a positive benefit to small businesses and all residents.