Cutting the ribbon to open the new Manor Pavilion car park, from left to right, Cllr Tom Wright (environment portfolio holder) and Cllr Andrew Moulding (Chairman of East Devon District Council)

New Manor Pavilion Theatre car park will serve needs of visitors and local community

Sidmouth’s newest pay and display car park at the Manor Pavilion Theatre was declared officially open by Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, on Tuesday 7 November 2017.  The decision to make the Manor Pavilion Theatre’s own car park into a public pay and display car park was made by councillors on 5 April 2017, when East Devon District Council’s cabinet received a report from officers and resolved that “public pay and display parking in Sidmouth’s Manor Pavilion car park be offered.”

This resolution was subsequently debated by the council’s Scrutiny Committee and that in turn led to further public consultation and engagement. 

Commenting on the new car park, Cllr Tom Wright said:

The actual process to turn Manor Pavilion’s car park into a pay and display car park began in October 2012. So after much consideration and well publicised debate, I am pleased that common sense has prevailed and I am delighted that Sidmouth’s newest pay and display car park is now open for business.

This car park will be well used by Sidmouth’s shoppers, residents and visitors as a useful addition to our public car park portfolio and the revenue it generates will in turn help to secure the future of the theatre and arts centre. The car park will operate as a short stay pay and display car park daily from 8am to 8pm in order to ensure turnover of spaces continues, increasing the chances of some theatre customers finding parking here at around 7pm if they so wish. The car park remains open and is free to use from 8pm to 8am.

The council has also agreed to allow users of the arts centre a short grace period to allow them  to leave their vehicle in the car park while loading or unloading heavy or bulky equipment and I am also pleased to confirm that anyone queueing to buy theatre tickets from the box office will be extended a similar courtesy.  We also expect the car park will become popular with local residents and their visitors during its free-of-charge overnight period.