L-R Cllr Ian Chubb, Portfolio holder for the Environment, Mike Ruiter Manager of Seaton Jurassic, Cllr Jim Knight and Simon Harris, Civil Enforcement Officer at the Underfleet car park opening

Council opens new 68-space long stay pay and display car park opposite Seaton Jurassic

East Devon District Council is proud to announce that its latest arrival…a brand new 68-space long stay car park in Seaton…is now open and ready to help support the town’s existing car parks, which the council feels do not have sufficient capacity to cope with peak demand.
 
Located opposite East Devon’s exciting new visitor attraction Seaton Jurassic, on land owned by the council, Underfleet West long stay car park has been designed to accommodate overflow from the long stay car park opposite. It will therefore be open between 8am and 8pm throughout the summer holidays on days when the council expects that it will be needed most by customers wishing to visit Seaton and its many attractions.

The car park surface has been constructed using Gridforce, an open cell product on a free draining granular stone base. The cells have been filled with a growing medium known as root zone and grass seed has been spread over the whole car park.
 
Underfleet will operate a long stay pay and display tariff and customers can pay by cash or by using their mobile phone. More frequent users may wish to take advantage of East Devon’s cost saving permits.

It will be possible for customers to park their cars in the car park overnight, although they should be aware that the car park will be locked between 8pm to 8am. This is a precaution to ensure that the car park doesn’t attract any vehicle related anti-social behaviour.

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

“The new car park will serve visitors, residents and Seaton’s business community during the town’s busiest time of year, so it’s a win win situation for everyone. The additional parking will enable more visitors to enjoy the many and varied attractions of this wonderful Jurassic Coast town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Seaton Jurassic is leading the regeneration of Seaton and the provision of 68 additional car parking spaces at this time is really great news for the town. The new facility is not only close to Seaton Jurassic and Seaton Tramway, but will also serve the town centre, Seaton Wetlands, the beach and walkers using the coast path, which will give visitors plenty of options.

I am delighted that construction works have been completed to such a high standard and on schedule – so well done to our parking team for ensuring that this has happened on time, ready for the busy summer season. Once landscaping and tree planting has been completed in the autumn, Seaton will have a useful yet attractive, naturally draining, sustainable green car park for future generations.

Seaton Jurassic Centre Manager, Mike Ruiter said:

Seaton is buzzing and many of our visitors comment on how the town has come to life. The new overflow car park will help manage the flow of traffic in busy periods and ensure we can welcome everyone to the town. And thanks to the ‘green’ design, it will look park like on quieter days of the year.