Proposed adjustments to parking fees will allow the council to manage its car parking assets more efficiently

Councillors will decide whether to approve public consultation on changes to car parking charges

On February 7, 2018, East Devon District Council’s Cabinet will be asked to give the go ahead for a consultation exercise, which will ask members of the public for their views on proposed changes to its car parking charges. The results of the consultation would then be reported back to councillors prior to any decisions being made about the implementation of the revised tariffs.

It is the council’s intention through the changes to create a simpler charging regime, with an overarching tariff of £1 per hour across most of East Devon’s car parks. In the majority of cases this will be the eighth consecutive year in which the council has not increased its hourly car parking rate.

The proposed parking fee adjustments will allow the council to manage its car parking assets more efficiently and provide the best possible service to residents, businesses and visitors. Any additional revenue gained from these changes will be reinvested in new infrastructure to reflect the increasing demand to provide electric plug-in charge points in East Devon car parks and for new ticket machines to replace aging stock and for cashless payment.

East Devon’s parking permit structure has remained unchanged for some time and aspects of it are both unfair and financially unsustainable. The new proposals are in response to over demand and limited availability in certain areas and include a new type of permit designed to support local business in particular.

Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon's portfolio holder for the Environment said:

In this review we are being careful to try to balance the needs of our residents alongside the demand for parking from visitors and to consider the impact of any changes on our local businesses. We will continue to offer the rate of 50p per half hour and £1 per hour in our busy and most popular car parks, a charge that has remained unchanged since 2010. However, we do have a number of car parks with a significantly lower tariffs and these need to be reviewed due to increasing demand and a limited supply of parking availability. This is a review that will take into account representations from those affected and ward members.