Just a reminder that East Devon’s £2 winter car parking offer lasts until 31 March 2017
Residents and visitors to East Devon have another six weeks to take advantage of the council’s value added £2 winter parking offer, which is available until 31 March 2017 in any of the local authority’s pay and display car parks.
The special offer allows customers to park all day (after 10am) and the ticket can be transferred to any other East Devon pay and display car parks. So for example, a person could have a late brunch and do a little shopping in Honiton, then drive to Seaton for lunch and a trip to Seaton Jurassic, followed by a drive along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast calling at Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth. All on a single £2 pay and display parking ticket.
East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Councillor Iain Chubb said:
The winter offer of £2 after 10am to park for the rest of the day has encouraged residents and visitors to use East Devon car parks and enables them to visit our towns to shop and enjoy local cafés and restaurants, without worrying about overstaying their time at the parking meter. We remain committed to supporting local businesses within the district and hope that this initiative will be a catalyst for increased trade over the winter period and well into the spring.
This amazing offer is a truly win win situation for everyone. Our visitors and residents are getting stunning value for money. While our local retail and catering businesses are seeing relaxed, happy customers who are not rushing away to avoid parking penalties and because so many people are spending £2 in the car park instead of their usual £1 (or less), our loss of income from our usual all-day charges is having no effect.
In fact comparing November and December 2016 and 2015, we have already seen an extra 17,000 customers buying £2 tickets and our total revenue is higher by a little over £3,000 so far this winter. We haven’t analysed January and February yet but we know that the £2 ticket is still extremely popular.